Basilica of the Immaculate Conception

Canning Liturgical Arts performed varying scopes of conservation for the Basilica


Location: Waterbury, CT
Built: 1928
Original Architect: Maginnis & Walsh
Style: Renaissance Revival / Italian Renaissance


The Basilica engaged CLA for conservation and cleaning of fourteen Stations of the Cross, it's marble side shrines devoted to St. Mary and St. Joseph, and statues elsewhere of Saints Paul and St. Patrick.

A latex suspended poultice was applied to the intricately carved statuary. Still flexible when dry, the latex coating was peeled off taking with it years of dirt and grime. CLA conservators worked on the carved wood frames and the painted Stations of the Cross to clean, consolidate, conserve, and inpaint as needed.

Church was modeled from the Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome