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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Trinity Episcopal Church

Studio Name: Tiffany Studios (attributed by the church to)

City: Niles

Window Shape: 5 (gothic arched, 2 vertical sections)

Date of Window: 1915

Subject/Title of Window: Ornamental

Brief Description of Subject: In 1960 the 188? Window was remodeled and made shorter to accommodate the reredos. The rose cross at the peak was removed as well as medallion of wheat and grapes. The glass substituted was colored in shades of blue to green (diamond) with gold and red highlights. The medallions of the four evangelicalisms were retained from the original window. In 1933 a large yellow budded cross was installed in the peak where the rose cross had been.

Memorials, continued in the 1960 remodeling Miss Jeanne Griffin gave part of the funds in memory of her mother’s sisters, Helen Ruth Woodruff and Louise Woodruff Jerome.

Enola Elder and Dorothy Elder Garl and Dorothy Parsons gave the remaining funds in memory of their parents, Lawrence P and Eva Dick Elder.

In 1993, James Thayer gave the cross in memory of his wife Mary Alyce Thayer.
The first memorial window in the church was above the old altar and was dedicated to the memory of Andrew Jackson Clark, given by his wife Martha and by the parish at large. Mr. Clark came to Niles in 1847 was a vestryman in 1847 and 1848 and served as organist for the church. After a period of living in New York City, Andrew J Clark died while on a visit to Niles in 1860. Installed between 1880 and 1884, this window was beloved and is missed by those parishioners who remember it.

The present window was a gift of Miss Jeanne Griffin in memory of her mother’s sisters, Helen Ruth Woodruff and Louise Woodruff Jerome and of Enola Edler Garl and Dorothy Elder parsons in memory of their parent, Lawrence P and Eva (Dick) Elder.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 16'

Width: 6.5'

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass


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