Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Bryn Athyn, PA
In a small borough twelve miles north of Center City, Philadelphia is the Bryn Athyn Cathedral. Part of the Bryn Athyn Historic District, the cathedral is affiliated with the Church of the New Jerusalem, a sect of Christianity that is founded on the writings of Emanuel Swedenborg. Construction began on the cathedral in 1919 and was completed in 1926 in a style that is a unique interpretation of the gothic churches of Europe. The construction methods and materials mirrored the practice of medieval artisans and craftsman of the Old World, with traditional approaches used by stone masons, woodworkers, metal workers, and stained glass artisans. The finely crafted wood doors date from the 1920s.
Over a series of months, MC painstakingly detached each door requiring conservation and transported them back to our wood conservation lab in order to control the environment while we worked. MC cautiously removed old, failing polyurethane coatings that were not original and performed analysis of original finishes hidden beneath hardware to identify and replicate the original finish.