Part of the Friends of Historic Jekyll Island’s purpose is to assist the Jekyll Island Authority with projects throughout the island. Projects have included funding the Centennial Celebration of the Tiffany Window in Faith Chapel and the preservation work that will be done on the window; tenting the Baker-Crane Carriage House for termites; funding restoration of the DuBignon Cottage; funding the Hollybourne porch restoration; funding the Wanderer Memorial; and many more.
FOHJI’s current long-term project is assisting with the rehabilitation of the Baker-Crane Carriage House. Phase 1 is stabilizing the building. The following photos show the immediate need for building stabilization.
Tiffany Window Conservancy
One of FOHJI’s biggest projects has been to assist the Jekyll Island Authority with the conservancy of the Tiffany Window. John Bowe and Rosemary Shepherd of Kekekabic Studios are currently working on the project to clean and secure the window. Recently some FOHJI Board Members and friends visited their workshop to learn more about the process (and progress) of the project. They explained that some of the sections may have three to four layers to give the panels depth. Also, the faces and hands are glass that is painted with a mixture of powdered enamel and either water or alcohol. They also showed how they clean the nooks and crannies of the window.