Restoration of a Timeless Church

An older church in the area of Hawthorn needed some tender love and care. The building imagewas a perfect opportunity for CMA to polish beautiful work to its glory days.

Hawthorn is a suburb of Melbourne, first settled in the 1830s with currently more than 22,000 residents.

As Hawthorn is regarded to be one of Melbourne’s best surviving bastions of expansion after the Gold Rush, it’s still one of Melbourne’s wealthiest and best connected areas. The land values are high, and the properties are beautiful and well-maintained. That being said, there are definitely buildings and properties where CMA is able to step-in and elevate their beauty to the next level.

This church is a prime example. In fact, this was a project where CMA really got to channel what a day in the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci felt like. The church itself is a historic pillar of Hawthorn and contains a lot of history. CMA worked on over six meters of scaffolding, restoring the foundation of the building to its former glory.

The church is full of beautiful cornices with intricate details and stylistic touches. In architecture in general these can be found over a door or window, around the top edge of a pedestal, or along the top of an interior wall. A challenge lay in carving out a massive section of the cornice, due to deterioration over time. The rarity of this cornice meant that there were no off the shelf options on the market that could easily replace it. Instead CMA stepped in and carved its replacement by hand, showing the premium quality of our work once again.