“A few months ago, we did the stations of the Cross for St. Mary’s Church in Manchester, New Hampshire. We completely restored the old church and a couple of ladies walked in and started crying.”
This from church restoration artist Marko Golubovic, who is in the process of bringing all of us at Old First to tears as well. His company, Milan Restoration, has been chosen to repair, clean and paint our sanctuary ceiling. The area has been closed since the discovery of falling and compromised plaster five years ago.
The Woodbridge, N.J.-based firm works exclusively with churches. In 30 years, they’ve restored 312 buildings. Marko is a native of Croatia.
The crying ladies, and the genuine appreciation over the final result, is what makes it all worth it for Marko.
“That’s the best part of the job,” he says. “People walk in and see the transformation; how everything came together.”
Like his father before him, Marko attended architectural school in Europe. His dad’s best friend was a third-generation mason who worked only on churches. Marco and his father worked with him, eventually creating a company dedicated specifically to church restoration.