A Revival to Revere
BSOA's team prepared a color pallet and harmonizing elements for St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Wapakoneta, OH interior restoration, to enrich the Romanesque Revival styling of the church's barrel ceiling and arched walls.
Following award in February of 2013, Blanck Studios established a rapport with St. Joseph's restoration committee to present the scope at bi-monthly meetings and provide onsite sample-work for approval.
Blanck Studios is no stranger to aggressive timelines, and again, worked alongside drywallers, mill workers, flooring technicians and electricians to complete the restoration within a four month window, in time for Christmas. Aligned with Brian Brothers Painting in Piqua, Ohio, Blanck Studios applied all ornamental elements over their primers and base coat painting.
The Sanctuary dome is gilded with genuine 23 kt. gold leaf along with the window surrounds and decorative finials located throughout the church.
A trompe l'oeil crown stencil adorns each lower arched section of the barrel ceiling, bordered by wide ribs trimmed with dimensional trompe stenciling as well. Each half-round opening at the base of the ceiling houses a replicated medallion, unique only to St. Joseph's Church, inside a faux frame that matches the paint scheme of the neighboring matrix of narrow ribs.
The side aisle ceilings are enriched with an amber mottling texture glaze which warms the space and delineates the neutral tones of the barrel ceiling from the walls.
Decorative pilasters and columns that encompass the perimeter walls are faux marbled to match the altar and corresponding fonts, and completes the interior design.
St. Joseph's also wanted to return three large scenic murals to the Sanctuary's Apse wall and Mary and Joseph murals inside the domed side altar niches. The mural of Joseph as well as (15) medallions were replicated from original artwork provided by church archives.