St. Joseph’s stained-glass window in jeopardy
A large stained-glass window covered in a thick plastic protective sheet and hidden from plain sight at the St. Joseph’s Cultural Center needs to be removed to ensure its future, said Joseph Guida, the center’s executive director.
The wall holding the tree-shrouded window is deteriorating and could threaten the window’s integrity, Guida said.
“If the wall is going to fall down, we’d prefer to get the window out of there,” Guida said.
A committee of center supporters raised more than $12,000 toward a $25,000 goal to remove the window and replace it with a typical glass window, Guida said. Another fund-raising event is planned next spring but specifics aren’t set yet, he added.
It’s taken four years to reach the $12,000, Guida said. He said he’s hoping it won’t take much longer to raise the rest of the money.
The stained-glass window, along with the building itself, is 114 years old, Guida said.
“The window is not in that bad of shape,” Guida said. It was donated 114 years ago by Myles O’Connor, president of the Idaho-Maryland Mine and a former state Senator, he said.
Removal and replacement of the window will be an intricate process, Guida said.
“We’ll take it apart and store it in specially made boxes,” Guida said.
Guida and center supporters learned about the wall’s poor condition in 1999 after a survey of the building’s condition was done. In 2000, a new building roof replaced one that leaked, damaging the wall, Guida said.
In 2002, replacing the wall was estimated to cost $150,000 Guida said. He said he didn’t know how much replacing the wall would cost today.
The center, a former convent and orphanage, has served as a nonprofit since 1972. It includes artist and dance studios, two museums and a Taiko drum group.
For more information on the window fund, contact the center at 272- 4725.
To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@the union.com or call 477-4234.
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