St. Sylvester's Church / Medford, NY

Reclaimed glass for a new generation

In 1988, Our Lady of the Skies Chapel at John F. Kennedy International Airport was dismantled to make room for airport expansion. Its most popular feature, the soaring stained glass windows designed by master stained glass workers Pierre Osterrath and Jordi Bonet, were carefully removed and stored for future use. Weighing in at 8 pounds per square foot (almost twice that of normal stained glass), the vibrant windows were exceptionally thick in order to endure the vibrations caused by the nearby airplane takeoffs and landings.

Fast-forward twenty years, when the parish of St. Sylvester's Church in Medford, New York decided to expand their church. By chance, the church pastor heard about the windows, recalled their former glory, and purchased them to be reworked into the new structure. Master stained glass artists were commissioned to retool the windows into new sizes and shapes to fit the architect's vision. Marvin® Windows and Doors added insulated LoĒ2-272® with argon to the stained glass layer to ensure proper performance. In the end, Our Lady of the Skies windows were successfully installed and appear to be custom-made for St. Sylvester's, bringing inspiration to new generations.

St. Sylvester's Church, Medford, New York.  Features custom windows to accommodate reclaimed stained glass, engineered by Marvin Signature Services.  To learn more about this project read the St. Sylvester’s Church case study.


St. Sylvester's Church, Medford, New York.  Features custom windows to accommodate reclaimed stained glass, engineered by Marvin Signature Services.  To learn more about this project read the St. Sylvester’s Church case study.


St. Sylvester's Church, Medford, New York.  Features custom windows to accommodate reclaimed stained glass, engineered by Marvin Signature Services.  To learn more about this project read the St. Sylvester’s Church case study.


St. Sylvester's Church, Medford, New York.  Features custom windows to accommodate reclaimed stained glass, engineered by Marvin Signature Services.  To learn more about this project read the St. Sylvester’s Church case study.


St. Sylvester's Church, Medford, New York.  Features custom windows to accommodate reclaimed stained glass, engineered by Marvin Signature Services.  To learn more about this project read the St. Sylvester’s Church case study.


Project Highlights

  • 33 new windows were created by reusing glass windows originally made in Germany in the 1950s
  • LoĒ2-272® with Argon was specified to counterbalance the lead's effect on energy efficiency and to meet the performance rating for air and water infiltration as well as to block UV rays
  • In addition, special support bars were designed to prevent the antique stained glass from buckling; careful placement prevents the supports from interfering with the window designs

Building type
Church

Units and Applications
Exterior windows built to accommodate reclaimed stained glass, including a three-wide 20' Gothic window assembly.
Commercial Door entrance to worship space.

Architect
David Mammina Architect

Contractor
Park East Construction Corp.

Stained Glass Refurbishment
Paul and Michael Coulaz of Durhan Studios


  St. Sylvester's Church

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