Radiant: St. Andrews Catholic
What’s old is new again at the 104-year-old building.
Metal clanged as workers raised scaffolding at the 104-year-old St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, where restoration of 15 stained-glass windows is nearing completion.
With a rag drenched in distilled water, crew worker Aaron Orth cleaned the face of St. Patrick in one of the large, ornate windows. He uses a pH-neutral solution to ensure that no damage is done to the lead casings around the glass.
"This will last for a long time," said Chris Dieter, field crew supervisor. "Before, you couldn’t see the windows because of the old protective coverings."
Gone are the drab Plexiglas-type coverings that had obscured the light. New clear coverings allow illumination of the windows’ brilliant reds, blues and golds, which shift and change with the play of sunlight and passing clouds.