Stained glass windows saved from a church that was demolished last year will find new homes at Kirkwood Community College and other sites in Cedar Rapids.
“It’s thrilling news,” said Kirkwood art instructor, Arbe Bareis, who is in charge of the college’s art acquisition for new buildings and renovations. “Kirkwood is truly the community’s college and I can’t think of a better place for the windows to go.”
Bareis said Kirkwood will receive the “lion’s share” of the 104 window panels removed from First Christian Church, 840 Third Ave. SE, before it was razed last May to make way for a parking lot for the Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa medical pavilion.
Several of the windows also will go in the PCI medical pavilion’s Helen G. Nassif Community Cancer Center of Iowa, under construction at Second Avenue and 10th Street SE, as well as in the chapel of St. Luke’s Hospital.
The Carl & Mary Koehler History Center organized a review panel to decide which applicants would receive the century-old windows, created by celebrated glass artist Louis Millet.
Read the articles linked above for more details, including other recipients of the windows. Do you think the review panel made good choices in locating the windows?