|Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church - 2012|
|Henninger's Design Studio's Renovation Rendering|
|Choir loft and back of church 2012 OLMC archived photo|
Father asked Henninger's to add marble wainscoting throughout the church. The green marble would match the existing color around the sanctuary, and the new pieces of marble furniture. As more parishioners grew exited about the project, the plans continued to grow. New doors, chairs, and stained glass work were added to the renovation. The pews were to be refinished with new kneelers. The stairwell on the side of the building was to be converted into a cry room. Henninger's work began in the church in January of 2013 with the removal of pews, mosaic removal, and setting up for scaffolding for the painters.
|Pew removal Mosaic removal|
|Entire church with scaffolding|
|Surface preparation Painting ceiling|
After the scaffolding came down, the next work was the marble wainscoting. Henninger's cut, beveled and polished dozens of slabs of green marble for the church's walls and columns.
|Green marble wainscoting on walls and pillars|
The church's old baptismal font was converted into a statue pedestal for the new six foot wood carved statue of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. New floor candlesticks flanked the statue.
Henninger's work in the choir loft was quite extensive. The box in the middle of the back wall was removed to expose the stained glass windows. A new floor was laid for stability. The front railing was built out and up to recreate the look in the church from decades before. Sandblasted glass panels featuring the seven sacraments were inserted in the new railing. The church's pipes from its previous organ were re-purposed by cutting, painting, and mounting. When finished, the facade was painted in faux marble green and white.
|Before picture and work in progress pictures in choir loft|
The result of all of the planning and hard work in the choir loft was very impressive. The following before and after pictures also show the newly refinished pews:
|Choir Loft 2012|
|Renovated Choir Loft|
Father Lavelle had a great idea for the doors leading into the sacristy: stained glass. Henninger's artists designed and built two stained glass panels featuring the Youngstown Diocesan seal and the Papal seal.
|Diocesan and Papal Seals on stained glass panels|
The new baptismal font was custom designed and fabricated for the renovation. The top piece was carved out of a solid piece of white marble. The bottom green marble formed an octagonal shape with an access panel to reach the pump on the water feature.
The sanctuary at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel received the biggest facelift. By removing the large mosaic in back, two previously hidden stained glass windows were exposed. A new crucifix was hung above the middle of the sanctuary. The three existing beige and green marble chairs were covered with all green marble and given an pointed top. The Altar of Sacrifice, Altar Railings, and Ambo were re-purposed pieces from St. Rose of Lima Church in the Diocese of Cleveland, which closed a few years ago. A new wall was built behind the chairs with marble crosses inset into it. The wall was painted in faux white and green marble. The marble lectern, bronze floor candlesticks, and wood acolyte chairs were all fabricated new.
Before and after pictures:
|Sanctuary - Christmas 2012|
Henninger's team is inspired by Liturgy. The Liturgy of the Word speaks to us and the Liturgy of the Eucharist lets us communicate with Jesus. The greatest service Henninger's can give is to enhance this Liturgy through high quality artwork and beautiful furnishings. Working on the renovation at Our Lady of Mount Carmel gave us the opportunity to enhance an amazing worship space and continue to reach for the heavens.