The roads aren’t the only thing undergoing a transformation at the intersection of State Street and Broadway in Bangor.
For the past two weeks, crews have been removing two of the most prominent stained-glass windows at All Souls Congregational Church, pane by pane.
It’s part of a $180,000 project the church has undertaken to preserve two of its highest windows after decades of wear.
The Rose and the Archangel windows, designed by artist Charles J. Connick, contain myriad colors and are inspired by traditional stained-glass work at European cathedrals.
The Archangel Window, installed in 1913, the same year the church was built, depicts the archangels Michael, Raphael, Gabriel and Uriel, and is located on the side of the church facing State Street hill.
The Rose Window, designed in 1939, is located in the organ loft at the front of the church facing Broadway, and it represents the seven churches of Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) referenced in St. John’s Book of Revelation in the New Testament.
Removing decades-old, stained-glass windows is no simple task. Workers from the Hampden, Massachusetts-based Stained Glass Resources Inc. set up scaffolding to access the windows on Oct. 11, and then started removing individual panes on Monday.
The workers photographed, labeled and cataloged each section of window before packing them up for the journey south to Massachusetts. They’ve placed plywood in place of the windows until crews reinstall them in the spring.