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New Stained Glass Window Project by VanDerHoff Studios at St Albert The Great Catholic University Parish, Houghton, MI 
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 Stained Glass Window restoration at St Alberts in Houghton, MI by Vanderhoff Studios
Father Allen Mott commissioned his stained glass vision to be brought to life by VanDerHoff Studios. The process started with Father Al and Barbara Vanderhoff coming up with sketches and design ideas until they had a final draft.

The final draft was printed with lead lines and Father Al and Barbara started to pick colors and glass to be used. When the color and glass selection was complete all the glass was ordered and the window was made. 

While the drawing and selection processes were being completed VanDerHoff Studios made the mahogany frame to fit the design. 

When the VanDerHoff Studios crew arrived the week of installation they helped Father Al remove the old fixture that was hanging above the altar.  The next morning Don and Father Al met with the masons to get the cuts started to make the hole in the wall for the window. 

The bricks to be removed had to be retained as they would be needed to complete the finished edge of the new hole cut into the wall.  It was a group effort as Father Al and part of the crew chipped away all of the excess mortar from the bricks being removed so that they could be reused.

With the hole cut and the edge restored it was time for the new frame to be put in place, followed by the stained glass and protective storm covering.

Finally the finishing touches:  The crucifix had to be hung and secured.  The shelf holding the statues had to be finished, sanded, stained to match the existing woodwork and also hung and secured.

The VanDerHoff Crew and Father Al ate a lot of the world’s best Pasties and sweets from Suomi Restaurant downtown Houghton. 

On a final note; “Good luck to Father Al at his new church”  He is currently in transition to a new church mid November 2013

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Lead Line
drawing for new
 stained glass window at
 St Albert the Great 
Color Drawing for
 new window.
Holy Spirit detail
of colored drawing for
new Stained glass
window at
St Albert the Great
Location for the new
 stained glass window. 
Stained glass window restorer Don Vanderhoff discusses the wall cut out procedures with a Mason  Stained glass window restorer Vanderhoff Studios inspects the rough opening for a new stained glass window   Stained glass window restorer Vanderhoff Studios work iin progress  Church Window restorer Vanderhoff Studios stained glass window inspection
Father Al and Don preparing to create
the opening in the
brick wall
The new stained glass
 window rough opening
is complete.  
New Mahogany Frame
 installed inside of the
Don Vanderhoff inspects
 each element of the
new window panel.
 stained glass window restorer Vanderhoff Studios moving a piece of stained glass into the church for installation New Stained glass window by Vanderhoff Studios in place   New stained glass window protective covering installation by Vanderhoff studios  New stained glass window project exterior trim by Vanderhoff Studios
 One of the side panels
 being uncrated on the roof of St Albert The Great Catholic University
The new stained glass
window is in
the frame. 
 The protective covering and glazing being completed by
Don Vanderhoff
 Installation complete.
  New Stained glass window designed by VanDerhoff Studios  Stained Glass restoration from St Alberts in Houghtoon Michigan by Vanderhoff Studios  
    St Albert The Great
 Catholic University Parish,
Houghton, MI   

Completed New Stained Glass window
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