FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Construction crews are being particularly careful at Lutheran Downtown Hospital Friday morning.
Hospital CEO Twilla Lee expects these stained-glass windows to be a staple of the building for years to come.
"The hands on the exterior welcoming, and then behind me, just the care. So what we want them to feel is that they are cared for, that they are part of a healing process, and ultimately peace no matter the circumstances," Lee said.
If these windows look familiar, that’s because they’ve spent 42 years in the Saint Joseph Hospital chapel just across the street.
With plans to demolish the old hospital building, these designs will live on.
"We thought that it would be a way to honor Saint Joseph Hospital and to take it with us into the future, to be able to put the stained-glass windows from the existing chapel in the hospital at Saint Joseph’s into the new hospital at Lutheran Downtown Hospital," Lee said.
That new chapel will be named Saint Joseph after their former home and after the biblical figure featured in the glass.
"These windows are an attempt to inspire hope, confidence, prayer, comfort in whatever way," said Michael Hollman with City Glass Fort Wayne. "First we have the Holy Family, so Saint Joseph is the Roman Catholic patron saint of those who are sick."
Hollman is a part of the family-run business that designed these windows decades ago.
He still has the original sketches, and says he loves seeing the progression from first draft, to installation, and now to moving day.
"It’s a privilege to be a part of this transition and of this time in the community, and to be able then to offer these services that we have at the new hospital and expand the services. But overall, it’s just such a privilege. It’s kind of overwhelming," Lee said.
Hollman says it’s becoming increasingly common to preserve stained-glass windows in a new building.
He looks forward to seeing it in person again in it’s new home.
The more than $100 million project is set to be completed early next month.
It will be open for patient care starting November 13th.