So this is sort of a house project because we’re going to use some of what we found in our house, but it’s also a little tangential because this project was actually more about saving a great piece of art and local history.
Over the last three years, Dan and I have been keeping an eye on an abandoned convent about 4 blocks from where we live. We could tell that there were beautiful stained glass windows in the building, however no one lived there and not much was being done with the place. About a month ago, I was walking the dog by the convent, and being nosy I noticed a new sign on the door. It was a notice that the building was condemned. Everything, including the windows, was set to go under the wrecking ball soon.
NOT ON MY WATCH.
The next day I called the borough manager, who put me in touch with the building’s owner. After a little negotiation, we agreed to pay the owner for the rights to salvage whatever we wanted from the building, including the windows. We spent most of the day Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in 90 degree heat – with no electricity or plumbing – but we did it. We chiseled out all the windows and even found a few other cool things along the way!
We couldn’t have done this without the help of our friends. We put out the call, and some friends showed up to give us a hand. In fact, even a few brand new friends who we had just met offered their time and energy to help save this art. It was a beautiful thing to see people care so much! Thank you to Kristen, Connor, Randy, and Megan. Not only did we save art and history together, but we forged some great new friendships in sweat and a little bit of blood!
I took a “how-to” video and will put up another post later on with instructions on how to salvage windows!
Without further ado, here are the pieces we salvaged. Most of these are for sale, so please please if you are interested, let me know and I’d be happy to work with you! Also if you know a church that needs some giant windows of Mary, Jesus, and Joseph, send ’em my way!