Restoration

Refurbished Stained Glass at the Mary Webb Centre

A century ago, stained glass was the height of fashion in our area. Nearly every large or middle-sized home had at least one stained glass fixture, often in a transom over the parlour window or the front door. Installing and maintaining these fixtures was a highly skilled and competitive trade. Today, several local artisans keep up this tradition, among them Jeff Cofell of Magnolia Stained Glass. Since June of 2012, Jeff has been carefully restoring the century-old stained glass windows of the Mary Webb Centre to their original beauty.

This project has been generously funded by both the Chatham-Kent Community Foundation and the municipality’s Community Partnership Fund’s Mainstream Program. The Foundation is a private organization that assists in the development of the community through grants to registered charitable organizations which focus on education, health, arts and culture, recreation, social services, heritage and the environment. It uses donations from community members to build a fund whose income supports a wide range of projects, such as the Mary Webb Centre of Highgate. The Mainstream Program provides grants to community organizations with worthwhile projects that celebrate our history and heritage, encourage volunteer participation, improve accessibility, and build a sustainable Chatham-Kent.

Come and see the results of these donations, and of Jeff Cofell’s artistry, any Thursday between one and four.