(Kate Cline • Wed, Oct 19, 2011) The copper domed peaks of Corpus Christi Church stand unassailable against Buffalo’s East Side. The commanding architecture combined with the church’s poignant history makes it a hauntingly magnificent Buffalo landmark. In an effort to preserve this beauty, Corpus Christi has recently become the scene of a major restoration project. Efforts to preserve the interior of the church began last March and phase two of the project has commenced this month, just in time for the National Preservation Conference taking place in Buffalo from Oct. 16 to Oct. 20.
Aside from architectural and structural repairs, Corpus Christi Church is restoring the rendering of Raphael Santi’s Disputa, the mural in the sanctuary apse. The mural, painted by Marion Rzeznik, in collaboration with Gonippo Raggi depicts the Church’s theologians and mystics trying to plumb the mysteries of the Eucharist.
The painting has suffered damages due to changes in the atmosphere. “It is the fact that the atmospheric conditions, the heat and cold and changes in climate in the building had really taken its toll,” said Henry Swiatek of Corpus Christi Church.