Restoration works have just been completed at the Church of St Joseph in Santa Venera by the Restoration Directorate. During a visit Minister for National Heritage, the Arts and Local Government José Herrera said that this project cost was €59,000 and was selected through the Local Council Restoration Scheme.
Minister Herrera stated that this is yet another project completed by the Restoration Directorate on this church which is built in a neoclassical style. He said that these projects are being carried out in agreement with the local councils.
In a statement issued by the Ministry, this restoration project covered the façade and the bell tower of the church. As the church is located on a busy road, car fumes and air pollution formed a blackish coating on the frames and tympanum, and the bell tower had a lot of damage due to missing stones and deteriorating balustrades. The façade work was carried out manually using various processes for cleaning the façade.
Architect Jean Frendo, who was in charge of this project explained that the main challenge was to keep the patina of time, but at the same time clean as much as possible the façade without causing any damage.
To remove the blackish coating from the façade, chemical wraps were applied for several times until the dirt dissolved and was absorbed by the wraps. This process led to not damaging any of the original material.
It was also explained that in the bell tower the deteriorated balustrades and missing stones were replaced. The existing concrete cross was also replaced with a stone cross which complements the church’s design and two statues of angels were also repaired.
Culture Minister Jose Herrera announced that the Ministry will be shortly launching a similar scheme in order for further restoration projects of this kind to be carried out.