Heritage Works, in collaboration with Friends of St. Mary’s, Four Mounds Foundation, and Gronen Restoration, coordinated the restoration of two stained glass windows at Steeple Square (the former St. Mary’s Church).
The two windows had the stained glass panels cleaned and restored, their storm glass repaired or replaced, and had their frames restored and re-painted in their historically accurate color.
Some of the nation’s foremost stained glass experts lead the work, including Neal Vogel of Restoric, LLC; Mark Radina of Radina Glass Studios in Aurora, IL; and John Clark of Wardell Art Glass Studios in Aurora, IL. Their crew was comprised of current graduate students and recent graduates, and interns.
Four Mounds Foundation, with assistance from Heritage Works, has developed a Stained Glass Restoration workshop for high school students. The goal of the high school workshop is to introduce high school students to historic preservation, give them hands-on experience, and hopefully spark an interest in preservation and/or developing job skills in construction trades and restoration.
This collaboration is a pilot project for Heritage Works, as we bring together multiple organizations to move forward catalytic restoration projects and provide vocational training opportunities. A special thanks to all our collaborating organizations and individuals to bring this project to life.
Heritage Works’ first collaborative effort was a partnership with Four Mounds and Friends of St. Mary’s to bring a group of skilled craftspeople from Chicago to restore two of the former St. Mary’s church stained glass windows. (See attached Telegraph Herald article.) Four Mounds identified 6 local high school students who observed and participated in the restoration work, earning certificates from NICC. Heritage Works hopes that this will be a pilot project for developing a unique educational and vocational training program focused on traditional building trades and historic preservation.