MutualOne Charitable Foundation grant will help preserve Natick history

A $2,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation will help the Friends of the Natick Senior Center realize its goal of restoring three historic painted stained glass windows from the fifth and sixth grade classrooms of the former Lincoln Elementary School in downtown Natick.

The School, which opened in 1949, became the Natick District Court House in 1987, and the windows were put into storage. They were rediscovered when the courthouse was about to be torn down in 2010.

One window is a scene from the 1600s depicting John Eliot and the founding of Natick. The second is a Civil War scene from the 1800s. The third is set in the early 1900s, depicting Kitty Hawk.

According to Jerry Pierce, president of the Friends of the Natick Senior Center, a panel with a theme from the 1700s is missing, and a new design in the same style will be created to fill in the gap. And, in order to bring the project into the present, another new design will be created for the 2000s.

The work is being done by Carol Krentzman of the Mosaic Art Institute of Natick, a stained glass and mosaic artist, and Dave Zaltzberg of Framingham, an expert in stained glass restoration, framing and installation.

When completed, the windows will be permanently installed at the new Natick Community-Senior Center.

“People of all ages will be able to admire their artistic beauty in a very prominent location,” said Pierce.

GLASS REPLACEMENT - Four windows at the Natick Senior Center will be replaced with both new and restored historic stained glass windows, thanks to a $2,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. MutualOne Bank President Mark Haranas (far left) and Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (far right), met with stained glass artist Carol Krentzman and Jerry Pierce, president of the Friends of the Natick Senior Center to discuss the project.

GLASS REPLACEMENT – Four windows at the Natick Senior Center will be replaced with both new and restored historic stained glass windows, thanks to a $2,500 grant from the MutualOne Charitable Foundation. MutualOne Bank President Mark Haranas (far left) and Foundation Administrative Director Rachel Stewart (far right), met with stained glass artist Carol Krentzman and Jerry Pierce, president of the Friends of the Natick Senior Center to discuss the project.