Another original Tiffany stained glass window has been meticulously restored and is now reinstalled at Second Presbyterian Church in Chicago’s South Loop.

“He was in terrible shape,” said Linda Miller, president of Friends of the Historic Second Church.

Darkened by 120 years of accumulated dirt and warped by warped frames, the original 1895 Tiffany stained glass window depicting Saint Paul preaching in Athens sparkles again in its original home.

“My heart is singing. It’s a wonderful day to see the glass as it should be,” Miller said.

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The 22 aging stained glass panels were dismantled in March last year. They underwent a meticulous year-long, $450,000 rehab at a studio in New York, whose teams are now putting them back – in their spectacular colors and detail – where the artist left them. planned.

“It’s an amazing window and it’s been hidden all these years under dirt and grime,” said Tom Venturella, owner of Venturella Studio in New York City, which completed the restoration. “I look at the finished product and I see things that I didn’t even see before because now I’m looking at the bigger picture.”

Seen in person and compared to other Tiffany windows in the church that still need similar care, the transformation is nothing short of remarkable.

“It’s hugely rewarding. I have to tell you, it’s more fun than TV,” Venturella said.

St. Paul is the second panel to undergo restoration, but there are a total of nine Tiffany windows in the historic church.

If you want to see them in person, free tours are offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday.

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