Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist

Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist, Stamford, CT: Restoration and conservation of historic plaster and decoration designed in 1886 by James Murphy and Patrick Keely

Designed in the 1870’s by premier ecclesiastical architect James Murphy, the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist was not complete until years later when funding became available and a local stage set designer completed the permanent ceiling and roof. The appearance was an interior of compromised integrity and tentative design, having been modified a number of ways over its history. Modifications included removal of gallery seating, to several decorative paint campaigns at the Apse and side chapels only. It was important to the client that the new design be confident and strong, as well as authentic in the historical tradition of church decorating. The new interior was to be reflective of the liturgy, Catholic tradition and symbols, as well as celebrate their patron, St. John. The design creativity essential to artisanship and the high caliber execution critical to craftsmanship were both key to the success of this project. The result here is not an example of purity of design, but one of quality design that transforms several inherited challenges into a unified whole that is capable of glorifying the purity of the worship that takes place within.

Location: Stamford, CT

Built: 1886

Original Architect: James Murphy and Patrick Keely

Style: Art Deco, Byzantine and Colonial

Planning & Design Services

  • Historic Investigation and Analysis
  • Documentation
  • Scientific & Interpretive Analysis
  • Paint Exposures
  • Findings Report
  • Renderings
  • New Decorative Scheme

 

Restoration & Decoration Techniques

  • Commissioned Art Murals – Eight 12’ x 6’ Grisaille Murals
  • Architectural Gilding
  • Trompe L’oeil
  • Stenciling
  • Glazing
  • Striping
  • Faux Marbling
  • Plaster Repair