With over 300 years of continuous use, Gloria Dei’s churchyard is one of the oldest burial grounds in Philadelphia. Its “tenants” include sea captains, scientists, revolutionary and civil war soldiers, artists, and ministers.
Every summer, master artisans from Materials Conservation Co., Inc. work with Gloria Dei to identify stones in need of repair. The restoration process involves assessing the condition of the stones, testing and analyzing the materials, and performing conservation treatments. Repairs are made, such as reattaching missing decorative pieces, often found buried nearby. When the process is complete, the stones are restored to their original vibrant colors.