St. Philip Neri Church
Originally constructed in 1968, St. Philip Neri Church in Linthicum was recently rededicated following extensive interior and exterior renovations–“Restoring God’s House”–completed by Lewis Contractors. Lewis’ work included removing the existing baldachin and replacing it with a carved wooden medallion made in Peru, featuring a painted wooden dove symbolizing the Holy Spirit; removal of the existing stained glass and replacing it with clear glass; infilling of masonry openings; and completely reworking the entry plaza and new doors. All of the walls were repainted, and the pews were refurbished and re-installed in a configuration more typical of newer worship spaces. Perhaps the most striking changes to the nave were the installation of the new white ceramic tile floor—with materials imported from Italy—and the newly renovated ceiling with its painted starry sky invoking the heavens, which was inspired by a visit to the ceiling at St. Augustine Church in Elkridge, MD.