AFC announces second restoration program

March 12, 2013
Cambridge, Massachusetts

On March 12, 2013 American Friends of Chartres announced their second funding project at the Cathedral Notre-Dame de Chartres, the restoration of the stained-glass windows in Bay 140. This is the second bay from the west on the south side of the nave clerestory and features the Alpha and Omega Rose Window and the lancets of Saints Peter and James the Major. This restoration will take three years and is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2016. This window has many intriguing elements of interest and we would like to tell you more about it. You may be interested in helping American Friends of Chartres with this restoration project. If so please choose to donate on this site or contact us by email.


American Friends of Chartres is pleased to have awarded the first scholarship in memory of former board member David Whitehouse. The award was made to glass artist EDISON OSORIO ZAPATA.

Edison will attend the Summer Session at The Studio, Corning Museum of Glass, and take Martin Janecky’s class “Sculpting Inside the Bubble”. This two-week, advanced glassblowing course focuses on unique techniques and approaches to solid and blown sculpting, with an emphasis on the freedom to explore process and the potential of the material. David Whitehouse was a great supporter of The Studio and spent many hours lecturing and giving tours to the students there. Edison was selected for the scholarship based on his talent, knowledge of glass, commitment to education on glass and giving back to the artistic glass community. The scholarship will cover the cost of tuition and rooming expense while in Corning.


Patrice Calvel lecture – April 2010

Patrice Calvel lecture at Harvard’s Sackler Auditorium (Photo by Theresa Moore)

Patrice Calvel, architect-in-chief of the Historical Monuments in France, presented a lecture, “Splendors and Highlights of Stained Glass at Chartres: Restoration, Newest Techniques and Latest Discoveries” at Harvard University’s Sackler Auditorium on March 31, 2010. Presented by the Standing Committee on Medieval Studies, American Friends of Chartres, and Chartres, Sanctuaire du Monde, under the patronage of The French Consul General Christophe Guilhou, the lecture featured commentary on the restoration of the stained-glass windows. M. Calvel presented a fascinating review of the process and progress of the restoration. He concluded by stressing the importance of broadening the national scope of the project into an international concern.

Patrice Calvel (Photo by Theresa Moore)