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Window restoration

Wednesday, April 22, 2020/Categories: History

By 1991 the leaded windows were badly bowed and some cracking of glass. In June 1991 Hoefer Custom Stained Glass, then of McPherson, Kan. began restoring the eight side art glass windows. This work extended into 1994. The project involved the removal and disassembly of each window, cleaning of each piece of glass, replacement of all deteriorated lead, adding cames to stabilize cracked glass and installing new zinc flat rebars. The project costs were more than $4000 per window. This work was led by the Restoration Committee: Ferdinand Deters, Rupert Rethman and Elmer Ronnebaum. In 1996, St. Mary's Church received a Heritage Trust Fund grant in the amount of $96,500. The grant helped fund the completion of releading all the windows including those made by Mayer & Company of Munich, GA. The ventilators on the north side were changed to match those on the south side. Thirteen limestone window sills were be replaced as part of the project. Repointing of the limestone was completed to the mid-tower lever and cap stones were treated with Cathedral Stone to stop deterioration.


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