Theses (Historic Preservation)

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Thesis or dissertation

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In January 2020, a multi-year project was initiated to preserve the Church of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (CEHC), a historic wooden church in Western Ukraine. Building upon preliminary documentation, this thesis responds to the conservation challenge presented by the polychrome wall-paintings where the icons and motifs used in the religious liturgy were painted directly onto the structural timbers. This thesis proposes a methodology for their joint conservation informed by examination of the church’s heritage values, regional agents of deterioration, and conservation discourse around the larger typology. Through developed preservation principles and a phased timeline, the site-specific needs of the church are considered in order to aid resource managers in prioritizing future conservation work.


tserkva, painted wood, Ukraine, wood conservation, Carpathian mountain region



Date Posted: 27 September 2022