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Window of the Month
Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: First United Methodist Church

City: Jackson

Window Shape: 2 (rectangle)

Subject/Title of Window: Library Bay

Brief Description of Subject: Natural light filters into the church through numerous stained glass windows with a softening effect, evoking a sense of tranquility and inspiration. Though there are almost one hundred of them, none are truly transparent. The Library bay window is typical of the majority of the windows used in the building. It illustrates the manner in which panels are formed from diamond or rectangular shaped pieces of opalescent glass. These pieces, pastel in color, are distributed randomly, set in lead cames and held in place by horizontal wires encased in sturdy wood frames. The wooden overlay in the upper portion of the rectangular frame is also typical. Designed in the Gothic styling of the church exterior, this trim suggests the effect of drapery. Size variations are determined by the number of window panels grouped together. Smaller ones consist of two panels while this larger one has five panels. Some of the windows are immobile, but an awning type section in lower portions of some can be opened for ventilation.

Condition of Window: Good

Type of Glass and Technique: Lead Came


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