Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

Washington, DC

St. Matthew’s (C. Grant Lafarge, 1893) is a stunning Beaux-Art Cathedral graced with a liturgical artistry program designed by Edwin H. Blashfield including murals painted by Vincent Aderente and Salvatore Lascari mosaics.

By the early twenty-first century the cathedral’s vibrant and expertly executed artwork and finishes showed their century of service and were in need of skilled conservation to repair active areas of loss, return surfaces to their historic colors, and ensure stability for future generations in the Cathedral Parish.

Work was phased while the Cathedral remained operational throughout construction.

EverGreene conservators documented existing conditions, developed informed intervention methodologies in collaboration with Oehrlein & Associates Architects and the Archdiocese of Washington. Conservators repaired damaged plaster and canvas, removed degraded, discolored varnishes, stabilized cracking paint and inpainted areas of loss and damage.