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Read the latest updates on Rugo Stone’s projects and awards for our exceptional stonework. Rugo Stone has been featured in Traditional Building, Stone World, and Tile Magazine.

The Impact of Custom Stonework and Mosaics In Places of Worship

The Impact of Custom Stonework and Mosaics In Places of Worship Custom stonework has long been central to the spiritual fabric of places of worship, serving not merely as decoration but as a profound expression of faith and a testament to the importance of religious architecture. What Role Does Custom Stonework Play in The Liturgical…

Rugo Stone’s Statue Restoration and Preservation – Bringing New Life to Reclaimed Religious Stonework

Rugo Stone’s Statue Restoration and Preservation – Bringing New Life to Reclaimed Religious Stonework Rugo Stone specializes in crafting, restoring, and installing natural stone, mosaic, and other architecturally significant stonework pieces, demonstrating a commitment to design excellence. Rugo Stone’s craftsmanship can be seen in government buildings, universities, and churches across the country, as they have…

Rugo Stone Installs Christ the King Statue at Christendom’s New Chapel

The stunning, bronze statue of Christ the King was installed at Christendom’s new chapel on Thursday, June 29, taking its place as the centerpiece of the piazza outside the chapel.

Rugo Stone Designs, Crafts, and Installs Narthex Mosaic

The mosaic installed in the Narthex floor as part of the Nave renovation, stemmed from the idea of including meaningful symbolism as a visible representation of the values of the parish.

Rugo Stone receives three 2021 Pinnacle Awards from the Natural Stone Institute

Rugo Stone wins three 2021 Pinnacle Awards from the Natural Stone Institute and Brett Rugo is recognized with the 2021 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement also from NSI.

A stone study in patience, precision, and professionalism

Renovation of Trinity Church, one of New York City’s oldest landmarks, involved in a complex series of restoration and reproduction of historic marble and priceless mosaic elements.

Brett Rugo receives 2021 Migliore Award for lifetime achievement

Oberlin, OH, February 15, 2022—Brett Rugo (Rugo Stone) has received the 2021 Migliore Award for Lifetime Achievement.

Rugo Stone Awarded Grande Pinnacle at Marmomac

Brett Rugo accepts the Grande Pinnacle Award in Verona, Italy.

Rugo Stone Receives 2020 Grande Pinnacle Award

Rugo Stone is awarded the 2020 Grande Pinnacle Award for their Trinity Church Wall Street Altar & Chancel Restoration project.

A Soldier’s Perspective

Natural stone was a key component in the design of the new National Museum of the United States Army, which tells the Army’s story through an individual’s eyes

John G. Waite Associates, Architects: Rotunda at the University of Virginia

The 2019 Palladio Award for Restoration and Renovation goes to John G. Waite Associates, Architects for the Rotunda at the University of Virginia.

2020 Tucker Design Award Winners

Sacred Heart Cathedral is a celebration of stone and craftsmanship that shines through in the detailing.

Coverings CID Awards Recognize Superior Work in Tile and Stone

Rugo Stone is one of ten stone projects recognized by the CID awards, for the Trinity Dome project.

Restoring History

19th Century Stone Church Receives New Façade

Natural Stone Institute Announces 2018 Tucker Design Award Winners

Rugo Stone is awarded the Tucker Design Award for the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

The Basilica’s Crowning Jewel

The Trinity Dome mosaic completes the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

‘A dream come true’

The shrine’s new Trinity Dome ‘is a nice way to finish’ for Italian mosaic artist.

Dedicating the Trinity Dome

Cardinal Wuerl dedicates the largest dome at the basilica.

Laying the groundwork for the crown on the National Mall

Granite provides a high standard of elegance, subtle security and quiet permanence for a new Washington, DC landmark

Renovating a 120 year old church using modern technology

Perched high above Augusta Street in downtown Staunton, Virginia, St. Francis of Assisi welcomes parishioners and guests from this modest community of 24,000 residents.

The 2016 Pinnacle Awards

Award of Excellence: Renovation / Restoration

Reinventing a campus cornerstone

When restoring the University of Virginia’s rotunda, careful attention was paid to the carving of Carrara marble columns, which shape the structure’s design.

After summiting National Shrine’s ‘Mount Everest,’ project leaders reflect on mosaic installation

About 10 years ago, David Jonke was walking down the center aisle of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, when his mentor at Rugo Stone looked up at the Great Dome and said to him, “Kid, how are we going to get up there and do that someday?”

Mosaic for Trinity Dome seen as ‘crowning jewel’ for national shrine

After nearly 100 years since construction began on the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the placement of a final mosaic — inside the Trinity Dome — is expected to be completed in December 2017.

New dome at national shrine will be ‘wonder to behold,’ says cardinal

Builders, church leaders, choirmembers and journalists gathered atop eight floors ofscaffolding ­­ 159 feet high ­­ in the Basilica of the NationalShrine of the Immaculate Conception Oct. 28 for the blessing ofthe workspace where a new mosaic will be installed on theshrine’s Trinity Dome.

16 floors up: Up-close look at DC’s Trinity Dome mosaic project (Photos)

Italian workers will soon begin to tile the mosaic of the Trinity Dome at D.C.’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

Crews build massive scaffolding to finish D.C. basilica’s central dome

This winter, a team of artists will begin installing the basilica’s final artwork in its central and largest dome.

Inspired by history and fashion

Motivated by the resurgence of the Fashion District and the building’s unique history, an architectural team restored the ornate facade of the base of New York City’s Fashion Tower, while sensitively incorporating a contemporary stone lobby

Rugo Stone, LLC Wins 2016 “Best Use of Carrara Marble in North America” Award

Rugo Stone has been chosen for their “The Rotunda Renovation” at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Staunton Church Gears Up For Reveal

The church that sits high above Augusta Street was covered up and a mystery to all those who passed by for nearly a year.

Jimmy Ternent of Rugo Stone LLC is Honored as Marble Institute’s 2010 ‘Craftsman of the Year’

Rugo Stone’s Jimmy Ternent, VP of Construction, has been awarded “Craftsman of the Year” by MIA.

Markets: “Sustainability as a key issue”

It is no exaggeration to name the Marble Institute of America (MIA) the “firefighter for the worldwide stone branch.”