Stained Glass Window Preservation
For almost seventy years the stained glass windows in our sanctuary have illuminated the story of the life of Christ. Each of these windows includes a companion, contemporary window on the lower level that depicts the influences of those events on the life and work of our Church. Together these provide a visual narrative of the eternal love of Christ for us and that He is the same yesterday, today and forever.
As a part of the sanctuary interior renovation of 2014, the stained glass windows on the east and west of the sanctuary were identified as needing restoration and protection. Over the years, several of the windows have become bowed and need structural repairs. All the windows need new protective coverings and to be sealed against the weather. At the time, the cost for this work was determined to be a secondary priority and the work was delayed. With the restoration of the sanctuary complete, we have moved to proceed with making the changes required to protect these windows for generations to come.
We are entering the final phase of work with completion of all work expected by the end of the year. In the next few weeks, they will use a lift on the Boulevard lawn to install the upper frames for the windows. Once all frames have been installed, the protective outer glass will be fitted and installed within each frame, completing the Stained Glass Window restoration project.
We are still moving quietly and slowly. Repairs to the windows are almost complete, and we will move into the final phase of the project, protection, in the next several weeks. As this phase begins, look for scaffolding to appear allowing our conservators to reach the top windows.
This month our conservators continue their work on the Boulevard side of the Sanctuary. As stained glass windows are removed for restoration, false plastic windows with the images of the real glass windows printed on them are temporarily put in the empty spaces instead of plywood. This preserves the beauty of the Sanctuary which minimizes the impact of the restoration work on the worship experience of the congregation.
The work on the stained glass windows has been slowly and quietly progressing for several months. Most recently our conservator has removed some large windows located on the Boulevard side of our building in the small foyer outside the Sanctuary (1st and 2nd floors), in the Sacristy room and above. Once removed, they take them back to their shop in NC, repair the damage, rebuild the window, and return them and move to the next window in need of repair. Once all windows have been restored, they will begin installing the new protective coverings on the outsides of the windows that will protect them and ensure their health for many years to come. We anticipate this phase of the project to begin in June.
Sanctuary Window Preservation Sponsorship
Because of our congregation's great generosity, as of December 1, 2016, all 26 of our church's historic stained glass windows have been sponsored! Thank you! The total amount needed to perform this work is approximately $195,000. There are 26 windows and the average cost of repairs and preservation for each window is $7,500.
Read our related story, Preserving Our Heritage, in First Things First online news magazine.