Wooden Churches in Ukraine: a Conservation Assessment Workshop June 24 - July 6, 2019

07 May 2019 5:10 AM | Christine R Henry

Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Rohatyn, c1600, photo 2010 photo courtesy of Myron Stachiw The Department of Architecture and Conservation of the Lviv Polytechnic National University in Lviv, Ukraine, in conjunction with USA facilitators Myron Stachiw (architectural historian) and Yuri Yanchyshyn (furniture conservator), are hosting a two-week workshop from June 24 to July 6, 2019.  The goal of the workshop will be to teach participants how to conduct a conservation assessment: to examine, assess, and document a wooden structure, in this case the Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, an early 17th century log church in Rohatyn, Ukraine.  In 2013 this structure was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List with 15 other wooden churches in the Carpathian Mountain region of Ukraine and Poland (https://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1424/).  

The workshop is open to students and recent graduates of art and architectural conservation programs, programs in historic preservation, art and architectural history. It will encompass the assessment of wood as the primary material of this art and architectural form, as well as the paintings on timber walls, the iconostasis and icons. This assessment will take the form of a highly detailed condition report, to which all attendees will contribute. 

Iconostasis, Church of the Descent of the Holy Spirit, Rohatyn. Photo courtesy of Myron Stachiw.In addition to the assessments, participants will visit a conservation studio conducting the conservation of a 17th century iconostasis; visit and tour other sites; and will attend lectures / seminars by U.S., Ukrainian, and international practitioners in the field on the history of the wooden churches and their interiors, wood and its properties, wood identification, construction methods, documentation procedures, preservation issues, and other topics. 
Additional details of the workshop can be found at

For an overview of wood conservation in Ukraine please visit

The cost of this workshop is $700.00, which will include accommodations, some meals, and all ground transportation. Airline travel to and from Ukraine is the responsibility of the individual participant.

For more information: please contact Myron Stachiw at mostachiw@gmail.com.

To apply: please send a short cover letter and CV to Myron Stachiw mostachiw@gmail.com.

Application deadline: May 17, 2019

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