St. Mary’s of the Assumption Church

Fort Worth, Texas
National Register of Historic Places, Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Key Issues

• The building condition assessment identified sources of long-term water infiltration, roof drainage failures, and window deterioration

• An outdated mechanical system has caused fluctuations in humidity and temperature

• Original decorative interior finishes, now concealed beneath layers of paint, were revealed by a materials conservator serving as a consultant on the project team. Fluctuating humidity levels and water infiltration have caused the original copper foil and tempera coatings to delaminate from the plaster.

• A condition assessment of the stained glass was completed by a restoration consultant, with specific recommendations for restoration

• Alternatives to the existing plexiglass protective glazing system were developed including a design option for isothermal glazing

• The final report included costing for stained glass and decorative finish restoration

St. Mary's Catholic Church Fort Worth Exterior

  • St. Mary's Catholic Church Fort Worth Stained Glass
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church Fort Worth Mural
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church Fort Worth Historic Interior
  • St. Mary's Catholic Church Fort Worth Details
  • Stained Glass Detail

St. Mary’s is a truly beautiful and well-constructed church, designed in the Romanesque Revival style.  It has been cited as one of the best examples of ecclesiastical architecture designed by the architectural firm of Sanguinet, Staats and Hedrick.  The stained glass was created by the F. Mayer Studio of New York and Germany, and is of exceptional quality.  Original to the church is a mural of the Virgin Mary created by the Milwaukee-based studio of Conrad Schmitt; in 1944, artist Harry Larsen created additional decorative finishes in the Church.