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CASE STUDY

Basilica of Saint Mary Altar Rail

The repurposing of Catholic furnishings from old Churches to other Churches allowed the new Basilica of Saint Mary in Old Town Alexandria, Va, to complete their sanctuary in a fashion suitable for a Basilica.

Before this project’s conception, Rugo had acquired an antique, highly ornate altar rail from the crypt level of a church in Maryland. Rugo often salvages antique church furnishings in hopes of seeing them reused in a new space, and this is what happened here.

Rugo carefully cataloged and dismantled the altar rail, then dry set the rail in our studio, where we determined it was nearly a perfect architectural complement to the existing altars in St Marys.

Rugo developed detailed shop drawings to show how our old railing would be modified, and new solid hand-carved posts would be applied to make the repurposing a perfect fit. Rugo performed all the subfloor carpentry reinforcement and modifications required to absorb the altar rails loads, and also furnished and installed a new marble sanctuary floor and solid steps to compliment the altar rail. The Basilica now has a complete traditional sanctuary fitting for its status as a Basilica.

Location: Old Town Alexandria, VA
Completion: 2019
Owner: Catholic Diocese of Arlington
Architect: Barnes Vanze Architects / St Jude Studio
General Contractor: Rugo Stone LLC
Size:
2,000 sqft
Services: Repurpose antique altar rail and furnish & install new marble flooring

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