Current Projects

Tiffany "Peace" Window:

The launch of the 1903 Tiffany “Peace” window restoration project is underway. Thanks to nearly 100 donors, this multi-phase project, costing over $300,000 officially began in June 2017 with Venturella Studio of New York City removing the window and transporting it to New York. There, the window’s glass and lead caming will be cleaned, repaired and restored to its 1903 brilliance.The conservation treatment which involves a number of conservators here in Chicago as well as Venturella Studio will take a year to complete. 

The Peace Window is one of nine in the church designed by the firm of Louis Comfort Tiffany and contains more than a thousand pieces of glass while standing over 16 feet high and 8 feet wide.  The window was donated to the church in 1903 and is based on a 13th century European design. It includes a depiction of an angel holding a banner displaying the word “Peace,” from which the window derives its name. 

Future work surrounding the window will include the removal of the window’s old Lexan covering and the fabrication and installation of a new covering.  The window’s steel frame will be examined and replaced if necessary. This work will be done by Neal Vogel of Restoric LLC.  Bulley Andrews Masonry will provide the necessary repair work on the exterior masonry.  Kelly Plastering will repair the interior plaster in the “Peace” window bay and Celtic Painting will then repaint the bay walls according to Shaw’s original color palette. The window’s reinstallation is expected by June 2018.  

Watch below as Venturella Studios removes a piece of the window. Video courtesy of Fox 32's own, Joanie Lum.

Removal of "Peace" Window

  

 

 

 Here are some more photos of the removal process below.

 IMG 2013                                          "Jim Murphy of Venturella Studio with rated window panels after their safe arrival in New York."                                         

     Removal of "Peace Window                  Jim Murphy of Venturella Studio with crated window panels after their safe arrival in New York.         

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                                                                                 "Peace" Window Angel prior to removal.