City Hall Stained Glass Windows

PROJECT UPDATE! The City Council approved $75,000 to the Department of Public Works and The Friends of City Hall to restore 2 stained glass windows and crate and store additional windows for protection in the Holyoke City Hall at 536 Dwight Street.

This elaborate building, known for its Gothic Revival architectural style, was completed in 1876 and designed by Charles B. Atwood and H.F. Kilburn. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and within the North High Street Historic District. The building houses the city administrative offices and also serves as a downtown gathering space for the Holyoke community in the palatial Ballroom where the the stained glass restoration will take place. The stained glass windows, designed by the celebrated 19th century Boston artist, Samuel West, were originally located on the west side of the City Hall Ballroom, facing High Street but have since been removed due to poor condition. Through a funding match from the Massachusetts Historic Preservation Fund, up to two windows are expected be restored.  

Work has begun on the Stained Glass City Hall Restoration Project!

On December 12, 2019, Window 3, which had been damaged by recent high winds, was removed by Guarducci Stained Glass Studios of Great Barrington for storage (and eventual restoration) and replaced with Lexan. Two windows (9 and 11) which had already been removed and placed in storage were transported for restoration by Guarducci Stained Glass Studies at their Great Barrington studio and will be reinstalled in Spring of 2020. At that time Windows 6 and 7 (smaller windows)  and 13 (the large Dwight St-facing arch with multiple windows) will be removed for protection from further damage and for future restoration. All restoration work will be overseen by Julie Sloan LLC Consultants in Stained Glass, the City's stained glass preservationist. Julie has completed similar projects at Saint Thomas Episcopal Church, New York; H. H. Richardson’s Trinity Church in Boston; Harvard University’s Memorial Hall; Princeton University’s Chapel, and the State Houses of Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.

 

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