GRAFTON—Earlier this month, the first restored stained glass window from the International Mother’s Day Shrine made its way back to the building, after much needed renovations and repairs were made to the historic piece of art.
On Monday, two more windows were removed from the building, in preparation of upcoming repairs to them.
“These windows were in the worst shape,” commented International Mother’s Day Shrine Board of Trustees member Larry Richman. “They were in such bad condition that the glass had to be taped into place, so that pieces of the window weren’t lost along the way.”
Williams Stained Glass Studio, of out Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, has been tasked with the job of bringing the windows back to their former glory.
The improvements being done to the windows include re-leading the windows, replacing any broken glass and repairing or replacing the wood window frames, as well as replacing the exterior acrylic storm coverings on the outside of the building, according to Richman.
During the project, 14 windows that are 14 feet high by 11 inches wide, 11 windows that are seven and a half feet in height and 39 inches wide and one window that stands 19 feet in height and 48 inches wide will be tended to.
Mike Williams, of Williams Stained Glass Studio, said to complete a project of that magnitude would take the team nearly two years to complete the project.
The Mother’s Day Shrine Stained Glass Restoration project is no small feat, and Richman revealed that total cost of the project comes in at approximately $400,000.
To help cover the cost of funding such a large project, the shrine will be completing applications for funding through historic grants, but will need to come up with matching funds, and is turning to the community.
“This is a big project, and it will cost a great deal of money, so we are seeking donations from individuals and organizations,” shared Richman.
For those wishing to contribute to the restoration of the historic building, donations may be mailed to the Mother’s Day Shrine, P.O. Box 513, Grafton, WV 26354 or may be hand delivered to the City of Grafton Finance Department, located at 1 West Main Street, Grafton. Checks will need to be made payable to the Mother’s Day Shrine Stained Glass Window Fund.
Donors may also make contributions through PayPal at www.internationalmothersdayshrine.org, or through GoFundMe at www.gofundme.com/restore-the-mothers-day-shrine.