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Ornate Marble Carving & Craftsmanship by Rugo Stone
Saint Mary Help of Christians Altar

This project is perhaps one of the finest examples of marble craftsmanship in recent years. The inspiration came from the Cathedral of Florence, Italy, specifically the high altar of the Baptistery of Saint John.

The architectural firm that designed the church, McCrery Architects, designed this new church in complete respect for the Catholic tradition of sacred art and architecture. The ornate carvings and multi-colored Cosmatique inlays are constructed with 1/32″ joints.

Rugo worked hand-in-hand with the Architect to select the marble colors, and fine-tune the design so that the result was a true Capolavoro masterpiece. Working with McCrery’s design drawing, Rugo’s team developed detailed shop drawings to create the column and capital design, as well as the sophisticated inlaid Cosmati design of the recessed panels.

This entire process took 11 months from concept to installation. For these special projects, Rugo uses only their finest mason and finishers who are very experienced in Catholic church furnishing installations. The client was delighted, and the project has gained high praise in the traditional Catholic church architectural forums.

Please see this link for more detail on the evolution of this project.

Location: Aiken, SC
Completion: 2014
Owner: Catholic Diocese of Charleston
Architect: McCrery Architects PLLC
General Contractor: RW Allen LLC
250 sqft
Services: Design, fabricate, and install elaborate altar and font

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