Church of St. Francis Xavier

New York, NY

A Jesuit apostolate in the heart of New York City, with an active school, and numerous outreach programs, St. Francis Xavier serves a wide cross section of New Yorkers. Designed by renowned ecclesiastical architect Patrick Keeley, and built by immigrants in 1878, St. Francis Xavier’s Neo-Baroque liturgical artistry program includes 47 murals, 35 plaster statues, architectural ornament, and marble furnishings, all of which were resplendent beneath layers of darkened varnish, and over a hundred years of incense, candle soot, and dirt from the city.

EverGreene worked closely with St. Francis and Thomas A. Fenniman Architects to develop appropriate implementation treatments with the intention of protecting existing architectural features and retaining as much original historic fabric as possible.

EverGreene’s implementation scope included decorative painting and glazing, restoration of flat and decorative plaster, restoration of plaster statues, cleaning and repairing stone and marble, and conservation of wall and ceiling murals. The stone restoration and new stone design package comprised a considerable aspect of the overall restoration.