The “Rose Window” prior to being disassembled Aug. 14.
NORWOOD -- The “Rose Window” at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church was recently restored.
Edward Dehors arrived at the church Aug. 14 to restore the window, originally installed in 1906.
The window, which depicts the annunciation of the Angel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, was created by H.J. Harwood of Ogdensburg.
Dehors is the founder of the Historical Restorations Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to the preservation of stained glass windows in houses of worship and other notable buildings.
Along with his son Jason and employee Sarah Halstead, Dehors worked to remove each pane carefully from the frame, which took about nine hours.
The glass will be restored and refurbished using traditional materials and techniques at Dehors’ workshop in Martville.
The window is scheduled to return, completely restored, around Thanksgiving.
H. J. Harwood designed, made, and installed stained glass windows in many buildings in St. Lawrence County and Canada, as well as in Europe.
David E. Martin of Ogdensburg has spent years researching and photographing the Harwoods’ stained glass and is in the process of completing a book about the Harwoods.
Martin says that the St. Philip’s rose window is unique. The window includes Harwood’s signature, which is rare, Martin says.
The window was $650 in 1906, when it was ordered as a memorial. The current value is unknown.
A window rededication service is planned upon the return of the glass.