“Johannesstöckel” shrine, 1110 Vienna


Dating back to the 19th century, this shrine in the Gothic style with a carved figure of St. John of Nepomuk was in a very poor state before restoration in 2004: the plaster surfaces, molding, and relief details had already been reworked in the past so often that the contours had become almost unrecognizable. In addition, the use of inappropriate materials (too hard or too impermeable – gray cement fillings and coatings, emulsion paint) in combination with severe weathering had greatly damaged the plaster substance. The finial that should have crowned the ogee arch was missing. The first step was to expose the original surfaces. The emulsion paint and concrete-cement layers were removed with steam, chemical soaking, and by manual means. After consolidation, spaces in the plaster were filled using hydraulic lime mortar. The missing cornices were then reconstructed and a new finial was fashioned out of fine-grained calcareous sandstone according to historical photographs.

Project Data:

Address: 1110 Vienna, Hauffgasse
Service: Shrine restoration, construction of a new finial made of natural stone
Service period: June to September 2004

Photo Gallery:

Before restoration
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After restoration
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Last updated: 07/07/2015  Imprint ©2015 Denkmalpflege G.m.b.H. & Mag. Klaus Wedenig Restaurierung & Konservierung