2001 we completed the St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville
Iowa. This project of 21 months took all of our company's skill
and talents to complete. From top to bottom this beautiful structure
was decorated like many of the southern German Catholic churches.
Under the direction of Pastor Ed Petty, our crew uncovered century
old designs and stencils. The most notable is the dado border,
which was recreated to bring a finished look to the design along
windows and to match architecturally with the entablature border.
Over 30 different colors were hand matched by our artisans.
The decorative work included the faux drapery on the sanctuary
walls, the marbleizing of columns on side altars, and the altar
of sacrifice over 2000 rolls of 23kt gold leaf. The murals that
were originally done by Alphonse Breilmeier and his sister Lottie
in 1904, were cleaned, touched up and preserved.
All statuary, including stations of the cross were completely redone
to bring together the finishing touches of what is considered one
of the most beautiful churches in the Midwest.
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