2009-02-14 / Top News

Ste. Anne's To Seek Bids for Window Restoration

At least six of the 20 stained glass windows at Ste. Anne's Church on Mackinac Island may undergo restoration by fall. Bids for the work are expected to be collected beginning this spring.

The stained glass windows were added to the historic church as early as 1912 and have been restored roughly every 20 to 25 years since.

Each window varies in size. The largest panel measures 14 feet by 10 feet.

With fundraising started last spring, the committee is working toward getting the restoration project underway by this fall, said Jim Ball, chairman of the finance committee.

Fundraising was given a $7,000 boost from a garden party fundraiser at the church rectory in August.

"We still have a lot more fundraising to do. This will be a very expensive project," said Mr. Ball.

The committee will schedule more fundraisers this summer.

So far, the church has raised $31,000, enough to get the project started this year, said Mr. Ball.

"It's enough to do the six front windows to begin with," he said.

One Island family has donated full funding for one of the windows. That window was funded by the same family 100 years ago, when the window was initially installed.

"There is a complex process to the restoration of the windows," said Mr. Ball. "The windows need to be taken out of their frames and a window expert will determine if the sections of the glass need to be repaired or replaced because of dirt or the glass being bowed over time."

The frames will be restored, if needed, as well.

The committee is also seeking to replace the windows' acrylic storm protectors.

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