Chapel restoration

March 26, 2001 3:48 p.m.

largest stained glass project in the United States in the last quarter century is continuing in the University Chapel this spring.

The work involves removing, cleaning and releading 27 windows in the building -- the first full restoration attempted on the windows since they were initially installed when the chapel was built in 1925.

"Because there are so many windows and because of their state of disrepair, this is the largest such project in this country in the last 25 years -- maybe ever," said Bob Kelly, site superintendent for the Masonry Preservation Group Inc. of Merchantville, N.J.

Masonry Preservation is the general contractor for the entire chapel project, which, in addition to restoring the windows, includes repointing and repairing the stonework and masonry.

The architect for the project is Ford Farewell Mills and Gatsch of Princeton.

Work began on the chapel in February 2000 and is expected to be completed by January 2002. All but one of the 15 windows slated for restoration on the south side of the building have been removed, repaired and reinstalled. Crews now are removing 12 windows on the north side.

For a full story on the restoration, click here .

Contact: Justin Harmon (609) 258-3601