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  • On a balmy Jan. 13 morning Avery Wooten, the owner of Foothill Sand To Glass of Union Grove, N.C., works from a scaffold as he removes one of the final stained glass window panels from St. Joseph Church, Athens. This particular window was a depiction of Jesus walking on water. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • St. Joseph Church parishioner Bernard Wysocki cuts the extruded polystyrene insulation that serves as a protective barrier inside the wooden crates that hold the stained glass window panels. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Avery Wooten, the owner of Foothill Sand To Glass of Union Grove, N.C., uses a hammer and pry bar to remove a section of stained glass from one of the last three remaining large windows in the church. Despite the tools he uses, Wooten said his work is more like surgery than demolition. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Michael Farmer, an employee of Foothill Sand To Glass, works from the outside to remove one of the stained glass window panels from St. Joseph Church, Athens. On the other side of the window is company owner Avery Wooten. The Jan. 13 effort marked the removal of the last three large windows, looming approximately 10 feet in height, from the church. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Like many others around the church, these stained glass window panels, labeled with their location, lean up against a pew inside the sanctuary before they are packed away. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Wooten removes another section of stained glass from one of the last three large windows remaining in the church. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Avery Wooten holds the final stained glass window panel removed from St. Joseph’s Church on Jan. 13. It came from the last of three large windows, looming approximately 10 feet in height, facing the Prince Avenue side of the church. Looking on is Marianne Parr, a local stained glass artist who is restoring the windows. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Stained glass window panels rest on a table before they are packed in the protected crate. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Bernard Wysocki, left, carefully lets a stained glass panel down in its protected wooden crate with help from Marianne Parr, a local stained glass artist who is restoring the windows. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • Foothill Sand To Glass employee David Mitchell removes the T-bars from the window frames after all the stained glass window panels have been removed, so the windows can be recovered with Lexan polycarbonate sheets. Photo By Michael Alexander
  • (Clockwise, from top right) Foothill Sand To Glass employees Michael Farmer, Avery Wooten and David Mitchell load the wooden crates, packed with labeled stained glass window panels, onto a trailer where they were later taken to be stored. Photo By Michael Alexander

On a balmy Jan. 13 morning Avery Wooten, the owner of Foothill Sand To Glass of Union Grove, N.C., works from a scaffold as he removes one of the final stained glass window panels from St. Joseph Church, Athens. This particular window was a depiction of Jesus walking on water. Photo By Michael Alexander


Moving stained glass windows a delicate part of Athens church relocation

ATHENS—As the St. Joseph Church community leaves its century-old home on Prince Avenue, the parish’s treasures are moving too. Workers took out nearly two dozen neo-Gothic stained glass windows recently to preserve them until a new church is built on its Epps Bridge Parkway campus on the edge of Athens. Clear plastic covering replaced the […] Full Story