GLENS FALLS — When Guy Savio heard about plans to demolish the former United Methodist church in Fort Edward, he started working the phones.
Savio, a retired state trooper who runs All In Glass Studios Too, Inc. in The Shirt Factory, had previously saved the stained glass windows from St. Alphonsus Church and later installed them in a church in Pennsylvania.
“I immediately thought about the windows, and I called Irving Tissue, and I called the demolition company,” Savio said Wednesday. “They were very cooperative, and we went down and pulled 10 of the windows. We even worked over Christmas to get it done.”
Total Wrecking & Environmental, a Buffalo-based firm, started tearing the church down Wednesday and hopes to be finished by Friday.
Savio said the windows are now encased in foam at his studio.
“I’ll have to go over them and see what needs to be done to get them ready to use again,” he said. “Once I do that, then I will help Irving sell them if I can, like I did with the St. Alphonsus windows.”
Irving Tissue purchased the church from a previous owner, who had converted it into the residence. That owner took some of the stained glass windows out but left others.
“When I saw the story in The Post-Star, I immediately called Irving to find out if they had an plans to take out the glass windows,” Savio said. “They didn’t, so I offered to do it. I talked to Jeff Mancil at Total Wrecking and Environmental, and we worked things out so we could take them.”
“The windows that were left had historical value, so I offered to take them out,” said Savio, whose son works with him on the windows.”
He said there were some windows left in the church that did not have historical significance, but hopes he can get the 10 he saved out to other people who will appreciate them.
“I already had a woman approach me about one of the windows,” he said. “She was talking about putting it in her home. We have done that, we have made tables with lights shining through them, and we have put them back in churches. It’s all about saving the windows.”
Savio said he is hopeful Fort Edward residents might be interested in the windows as well.
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