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Historic stained glass window restored and reinstalled

Post Time:Nov 17,2020Classify:Industry NewsView:1010

On Friday, Nov. 6, Blake and Randy Jasper and their employee Devon Fletcher reinstalled the stained glass window at St. Paul Episcopal Church, the oldest existing church building in Pipestone.

The window was first installed on the original church in 1893, then later moved to the parish hall when it was constructed on the west side of the church in 1923. For many years, the window had been concealed from view from inside the church by a suspended ceiling.

The owner of the 221 Fourth St. SE property, Historic Pipestone, Inc. (HPI), removed the suspended ceiling last year as part of an interior renovation project, exposing the stained-glass window. Exposed to the weather on the outside with no protective barrier for more than 100 years, the window was in poor condition. HPI contacted Susan Parsley, a former art teacher and Pipestone resident who is well-known for her work with stained glass, to see if she could repair it.

Parsley was willing and carpenters with Blake and Randy Jasper Construction removed the window with the frame, taped it on both sides, crated it up and transported it to Parsley’s rural home. Earlier this year, Parsley replaced pieces of the stained glass, and repaired and strengthened the window.

When the crew with Blake and Randy Jasper Construction was ready to reinstall the window last week, they cut and installed molding around the opening where the window would be placed, caulked around the edges and slid the framed window back into place. They then installed a composite border around the outside edges of the window frame and put a new quarter-inch plate glass storm window over the stained

glass window.

Source: https://www.pipestonestar.com/Author: shangyi

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