St. Peter’s Catholic Church

Mansfield, OH

St. Peter’s Catholic Church is a large architecturally intricate Romanesque church. In 1944, the church commissioned artist John Bernat to paint a complex color scheme and elaborate murals. Sadly, a post-historic paint campaign covered the artwork and instated discordant decoration.

In 2018, the church commissioned EverGreene along with Henninger’s and The Schantz Organ Company for a restoration of the sanctuary, nave, transepts, and narthex. EverGreene investigated conditions, and worked closely with St. Peter’s internal design team to develop a liturgical artistry program and appropriate scope of work. The restoration included conservation on the historic murals, and the creation of new artwork including patterning, lettering, and decoration . EverGreene created new trompe l’oeil statue niches in the style of the existing altars and stencils to bring the Mary and Joseph altars into proportion with the architecture. To anchor the ceiling artwork and create contrast, EverGreene designed custom patterning. The new artistry program engages parishioners with the liturgy through evocative artwork.

The renewal restored harmony to the interior and created a warm, celebratory worship environment that St. Peter’s community will treasure for years to come.