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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Niekerk Christian Reformed Church

Studio Name: Grand Rapids Art Glass Co.

City: Holland

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1958

Subject/Title of Window: Ornamental

Brief Description of Subject: There are 33 windows throughout the first and second floor of the church.

Stained glass windows were incorporated as part of the functional windows in the auditorium and balcony.  The windows were designed and fabricated by John Vander Burgh, a stained glass artesian who moved from Europe to Zeeland to continue in the art glass business.  Although he lived in Zeeland, he did his work as part of the Grand Rapids Art Glass Company.  The stained glass is incorporated into a standard steel double hung frame.  Each window is an individual unit but they were used it sets of three between the pillars of six bays.  They can be opened for ventilation and therefore screens are installed on the outside.  This does not distract from the beauty from the inside, but does limit the brightness and clarity when viewed from the outside.

In 1988, revisions were made to the narthex area, which removed one set of windows from the right side of the auditorium, and one set was relocated on the left side of the narthex.  There are now discussions to consider expansion and or remodeling again, which I’m sure, will incorporate more of the beautiful stained glass.

Condition of Window: Good

Height: 48"

Width: 20"

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came

Ornamental group
Ornamental group
Ornamental windows outside
Ornamental windows outside

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