Restoration of the interior of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Germantown almost complete

St. Vincent de Paul Parish is the Mother Church of the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Since the founding of the parish in 1851, St. Vincent de Paul’s existence and architectural form have been interwoven into the history of Philadelphia and Germantown. The Church was built up to be a stunning mix of Italianate and Greek revival styles. However, over time water damage has taken its toll and destroyed elements of the interior. Many murals deteriorated due to water damage.

Evergreene Architectural Arts was hired to reinforce the salvageable murals and improve their aesthetic presentation by undertaking a conservation maintenance treatment program comprised of immediate stabilization, light surface cleaning, removal of accessions, application of an isolating varnish, and inpainting. They replaced three murals and four medallions with figures that represent St. Vincent de Paul’s history and inclusive community. To read more about the restoration process and view additional photos please click on the link:

To contribute to the Joy Wuenschel Memorial Fund, the campaign to restore the interior of St. Vincent’s Church, contact Joan McGowan ( or call 267-879-7664.

The church is remains operated by Vincentian pastor Fr. Sylvester Peterka, C.M. and St. Vincent de Paul’s faith tradition remains strong; the present-day church community is thriving and espouses the same values of service and inclusivity on which it was founded over one hundred and seventy years ago.

For mass schedules, ministries and upcoming events visit their website:

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