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In reverence to civic government during the boom of the industrial revolution, the citizens of Holyoke constructed a City Hall that still drops jaws today. A magnificent example of Victorian Gothic Style, City Hall is truly a unique treasure in Western Massachusetts. Illuminating the grand ballroom on the second floor of Holyoke’s City Hall are thirteen considerable stained glass windows. A rare example of secular stain glass, some are decorative, but seven of the windows have figures and themes that immortalize the dominant forces in nineteenth century Holyoke life – Liberty, Agriculture, Water Power, Commerce, Industry, Music and the Arts.
Currently, the windows are in desperate need of repair. The leading holding the glass together is disintegrating, years overdue for replacement. Some windows have missing glass; some have mismatched glass from past restoration attempts. These works of art are exposed to the elements and lack any protection from the New England weather. Experts worry they are on the verge of total collapse.
This is why we are asking for your help – to save our heritage, to preserve invaluable, irreplaceable, precious works of art, handcrafted over 125 years ago by one of the most talented and renowned artisans of the day. These windows connect us directly to our past; it would be criminal to allow them to simply crumble. As the City embraces Art and the Creative Economy as part of the solution for revival, properly restoring the windows would indicate to future generations our time’s reverence and respect for this place as well – and ensure their connection to that legacy.\
Visit www.holyokestainedglass.org for more information and opportunities to donate. Read more in this Masslive article.
Posted on May 29, 2015 by tromboletti