Pilot Project, Schematic Design, Temporary Repairs
Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church
Noted Philadelphia architect George I. Lovatt designed Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church, formerly the Church of the Holy Child, for which he was recognized with the Philadelphia AIA gold medal in 1930. The stained glass windows are a stunning collection in the medieval style, executed in richly colored glass primarily in shades of blues and reds, designed by another noted Philadelphia firm, the D'Ascenzo Studios.
sbk + partners, LLC conducted field survey via high reach and produced construction documents for a pilot project to restore the west window (rose window and lancets in stone and cast stone frames) as part of structural stabilization of the west wall.
In a related project, sbk was retained to conduct a comprehensive survey of the stained glass windows throughout the church. Field survey via ladders and a bucket lift was undertaken to produce a window-by-window condition assessment of over 150 windows. Schematic design documents for window restoration addressed putty deterioration, lead fatigue (cames), hinged and bowed panels, broken glass, and deterioration of steel frames and stone and cast stone window surrounds.
sbk worked closely with the client and project team to provide several schemes for prioritizing the stained glass window restoration work based on various budget scenarios. sbk produced construction dcouments and provided construction observation services for temporary repairs, undertaken in 2015. Plans for another phase of work are currently in progress.