The opportunity to bring new life to older architecture is always an honor, especially in a space as beautiful as Rothko Chapel. Rothko Chapel was built in 1971, and features artwork by architect Mark Rothko. Renfrow was brought in to refurbish the original benches within the Chapel, as well as build new benches and stands out of Mahogany imported from South America.
Our Deep Knowledge in refurbishment and preservation ensured the Chapel’s original benches were properly cared for. Each bench was stripped in a three-step process with eco-friendly chemicals, then re-stained with a custom-made stain made to perfectly match the original color. Rothko Chapel is famous for its stunning details that motivated us to combine the old and the new in a way that contributed to the overall beauty of the space.
Who: Nelson Byrd Woltz, Linbeck, Sandra Ortega
What: Woodworking, Refurbishing, Paint & Coating, Metalworking
Where: Houston, TX
How: Fabrication, Installation, Post-Construction
ST. MARTIN’S CHURCH
Since its founding in 1952, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church has grown to become the largest Episcopal church in North America, with more than 9,000 members. Renfrow was initially tasked with creating wood decks that would span across the church’s courtyards. To accomplish this, our team selected Thermory Ash as a medium due to its durable, smooth, and beautifully colored wood. It is not uncommon for this material to last up to 50 years.
As a result of the deck’s outcome, St. Martin’s also asked us to create custom forged and strapped door hinges, door pulls, a copper fountain feature, and bronze railing for the head priest’s personal balcony. The rich history of the church is now exemplified through the detailed and timeless aspects our team brought to the space.
Who: Tellepsen, Jackson & Ryan Architects
What: Decking, Metal Accent Pieces, Railings, Copper Water Feature
Where: St. Martin’s Church | Houston, TX
How: Fabrication, Installation