Gerlev Church interior after restoration Elgaard Architecture
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Gerlev Church

Gerlev Church, which dates from approximately 1150-1200 AD, was in need of both exterior and interior limewashing, and Elgaard Architecture was the project’s lead consultant as regards the exterior, while Nebel & Olesen Arkitekter was in charge of the restoration of the interior.

Outside, ordinary weather-related wear and tear had caused the surfaces to peel, and the interior of the church’s limewashed walls and vaults were heavily blackened and soiled with many dark blotches.



Restoration and refurbishment; interior and exterior limewashing


Gerlev Church’s Parish Council

Gerlev Church exterior after restoration Elgaard Architecture
According to the instructions of the National Museum, conservators partially removed and cleaned the historic furniture such as the altarpiece, pulpit and baldachin, and all non-historic surfaces were also thoroughly cleaned. On the ouside, the church was limewashed.
Gerlev Church interior after restoration Elgaard Architecture
The electrician made a simple but functional hoist in the ceiling for the chandeliers, so that in future the bulbs can be replaced without using a ladder, and, in addition, a new and modern sound system was installed. New as well as existing wiring and electrical installations are now placed under the floors and behind the church furniture.
“Mold was found on all surfaces of the church, but fortunately it had not penetrated the materials. However, the organ had to be disassembled, and all removable parts were cleaned at the workshop of the organ manufacturers”
Gerlev Church interior after restoration Elgaard Architecture
The pews were retouched by a skilled painter and now appear freshly painted.