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Restoration Underway On Historic Logan Square Church Windows Thanks To Preservation Group, Neighbors

Logan Square Preservation raised more than $12,000 in less than six weeks to restore and backlight the church's windows.

Restored stained glass windows at Central Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist Church at 2840 W. Logan Blvd.
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LOGAN SQUARE — After a successful fundraising campaign,Logan Square Preservation is restoring Central Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist Church’s deteriorating stained glass windows.

In less than six weeks, the neighborhood group raised a little more than its $12,000 goal. The money will help repair and replace about 100 of the church’s fish-scale stained glass windows, which are original to the 1916-era building. The group will then backlight the windows so they glow at night.

The goal of the project is to give the church at 2840 W. Logan Blvd. a real presence on the block.

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The sanctuary at Central Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist Church.

It’s the third such project for Logan Square Preservation. The group restored the stained glass windows at the Norwegian Lutheran Memorial Church, known as Minnekirken, and the bell at St. John Berchmans — also thanks to donations from members and neighbors.

Many of the windows at Central Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist Church were broken or cracked, which isn’t unusual for a building its age. The windows are unique in that they’re made of zinc — not lead, according to Marten Henk, who works for Colorsmith Stained Glass Studio.

“Most windows are made out of lead. It’s a more practical material. But [these are] zinc, and that makes them sturdier and a little stiffer,” Henk said.

Henk started working on the church windows about a week ago, meticulously repairing and replacing each pane for about six hours a day. Logan Square Preservation expects the job to be complete by the end of this week.

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The stained glass windows can be found throughout the building, even in the pastor’s room.

The church building, designed by landmark architect Leon Stanhope, was built in 1916 for the Eleventh Church of Christ Scientist. For the last dozen years or so, the Central Hispanic Seventh Day Adventist Church has called the building home.

Pastor Luis Eguiluz, who has been with the church for about seven years, said the restored windows will have a big impact on the church, which has suffered from deferred maintenance for years.

“We don’t have the money and the time to fix the windows. They came and helped us with this and it’s better for the church and better for the community,” Eguiluz said.

“I’m very happy and I’m very emotional because you can see the building in better shape,” he added.

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The windows can also be found on the ceilings. These windows, which are in better shape than the others, won’t be restored as part of the project.

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