Century-old stained glass windows rescued, restored at cathedral

By | August 29, 2012

After consulting with Fr. John Girotti, cathedral rector, the two men carefully removed the windows from the loose, decaying frame and placed them in storage.


Three sections of stained glass were rescued from a window above a hidden door at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. The windows were cleaned, restored and placed in a new frame that is now mounted above the entrance of the Bishop Wycislo Center. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

Thus began a restoration of stained glass windows that involved many window and glass experts, culminating in the installation of a new window above the entrance of the Bishop Wycisclo Center.

According to Sonia Hitt, administrative assistant, the three stained glass windows were turned over to Tom and Monica Pecor of the Glass Haus. The Pecors used a variety of cleaning methods to bring the colorful windows back to life. Pieces of the windows were broken and the Pecors learned that the glass was made by Kokomo Art Glass of Kokomo, Ind. Replacement glass was ordered and the windows were restored, framed with new glass and placed in a triple pane glass aluminum frame.

With the help of Green Bay Glass, the window frame was installed at the Bishop Wycislo Center on Aug. 3.

“This entire project was very exciting for everyone involved because we knew we had discovered an awesome treasure and we wanted to be able to share it with others,” said Hitt. “It also is exciting to know that these windows will be seen by generations to come.”

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