Last stained-glass window gets protective shield

May 6, 2009 by

It took just about everyone on the maintenance and grounds crews — plus a heavy-duty lift — to place the protective glass over the Sacred Heart Chapel entrance this morning.

It took just about everyone on the maintenance and grounds crews — plus a heavy-duty lift — to place the protective glass over the Sacred Heart Chapel entrance this morning.

The maintenance crew for the Sisters of St. Joseph placed a custom-made protective cover over the last of the century-old stained-glass windows in the Motherhouse this morning, but not without a little “custom fitting.”

“With a building like this, there’s always something,” explained maintenance supervisor Renn Allsman with a chuckle. “These windows aren’t standard sizes; they were all built to fit these holes.”

That means the clear glass shield designed to cover the arched window over the main Sacred Heart Chapel door didn’t fit exactly as planned, so a small portion of the wood facing was carefully chiseled away to allow the new glass to fit snugly against the century-old stained glass.

Brad Snyder carefully cleans the glass shield before its lifted for installation.

Brad Snyder carefully cleans the glass shield before it's lifted for installation.

The chapel was built in 1907, on the east end of the then-5-year-old Nazareth Convent and Academy, which is now known more simply as the Motherhouse. The windows — including the 14 that line both sides of the chapel sanctuary itself — were designed and created by The Munich Studio of Chicago. Over the years protective shields have been added to all the other windows, to save them from wind and weather damage. But the arched window above what was the main door to the chapel was apparently overlooked — until now.

The glass shield was custom made to exactly cover the 102-year-old stained-glass window — but that doesnt mean it actually fit.

The glass shield was custom made to exactly cover the 102-year-old stained-glass window — but that doesn't mean it actually fit.

Jim Helton, working on a ladder and behind the new glass shield, carefully chisels away a small portion of the wood facing to create a snug custom fit for the new clear cover.

Jim Helton, working on a ladder and behind the new glass shield, carefully chisels away a small portion of the wood facing to create a snug custom fit for the new clear cover.

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One Response to “Last stained-glass window gets protective shield”

  1. Anne M. Reinert on May 6th, 2009 12:04 pm

    The crew working together, with ideas, ingenuity, and satisfaction that it was work well done.

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