Saturday, May 7, 2016

Camp Pendleton's Rancho Santa Margarita Chapel St. John Stained Glass Window Restored

Stained glass window restored at 200-year-old chapel
San Diego Union Tribune
By Linda McIntosh
May 6, 2016


The chapel is part of the Santa Margarita Ranch House National Historic Site, also a California State Historical Landmark. The building is believed to have been used as a winery in the early 1800s, serving Mission San Luis Rey A 75-year-old stained glass window was restored at Camp Pendleton’s 2-century-old Ranch House Chapel, one of the oldest buildings on base and a national landmark.

St. John stained glass window at Camp Pendleton's Rancho Santa Margarita Chapel
The restoration effort was spearheaded by the Rancho Santa Margarita y Las Flores Docent group as the base approaches its 75th anniversary next year.

The 3-by-4-foot stained glass depicting St Joan of Arc, was originally installed in the chapel’s sacristy in the 1940s during the term of the base’s first commanding general, Maj. Gen. Joseph Fegan, said Faye Jonason, the base’s museum branch officer who coordinated the project with the docent group.

The historic piece was created in the style of Old World glass found in European cathedrals and was originally donated by the Flood family. It is one of eight such stained glass windows in the chapel, donated in memory of pioneer families, including the Forsters, O’Neills and Baumgartners,who lived in the nearby ranch house until it was acquired by the Marine Corps base in 1942.
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