A special website has been established for people to follow the progress of the 42 stained glass windows purchased by the Diocese of Raleigh for its new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral. The windows were acquired from a church officially closed in 2012 in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
The majority of the windows were created by Paula Himmelsbach Balano in the late 1920s. Ms. Balano was the first woman in the U.S. to have her own stained glass studio. Other windows were created a few years later by James Melcher Kase.
The windows are being removed from their former location by Beyer Studio, a Philadelphia company that specializes in stained glass restoration. Beyer has created a website with pictures that will detail the new life to be enjoyed by the historic windows. Currently on the site are pictures and descriptions of the windows being removed. Beyer has renovated one window, the Adoration of the Magi, that is on display at the Catholic Center. The remainder will be stored at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia until construction of the Cathedral begins.
Above: Worker carefully removing one of the stained glass windows from Ascension Church in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Above: Windows being stored at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia awaiting restoration when needed during construction of new Cathedral.
Above: Worker restoring the Nativity stained glass window on display in the lobby of the Catholic Center.