Luckily, someone had the foresight to save the beautiful transom window from above the entrance to Washington High School. Taken out of storage, the window was recently restored and put back into an entrance facing Sherman Boulevard, thanks to the efforts of a number of people.
The three stained glass window panels are in the southeast entrance near the school's auditorium. Enterprise Art Glass did the restoration work.
Though the glass had originally been installed above the center entrance, it was removed because of damage 54 years later and was put into storage because of high restoration costs.
"I and the Sherman Park Community Association approached MPS to see if the window could be reinstalled with protective glass," says Linda Durrenberg. "After almost a year of much checking to see if this could be done, I was given the okay back in February to have the stained glass window reinstalled.
"The restoration was done by Andrew Paremski and his staff at Enterprise, the original company that made the stained glass in 1930.Â The company is 113 years old and still going strong."
According to Durrenberg, MPS tapped Gorden Construction for the framing and protective glass. The work was completed on Oct. 21.
"So many classes that attended Washington and walked under the stained glass window, plus the community, are happy to see it back in the school again," Durrenberg says. "At the same time, so many classes that never knew about the stained glass window, as it wasn't in the school when they attended, are anxious to see it beautify and identify the school.
"Then there are the present classes into the future that will have the pleasure of seeing it from now on.Â The 2016 class gave as their class gift some money to support the re-installation of this wonderful window to help students remember the true spirit of their school as the June 1930 class always wanted.Â Our current principal, Valencia Carthen, and previous principal, Tonya Adair â€“ when the project to g…Read more...