October update on Goodhue's Window

The Lyn Hovey Studio, charged with the restoration of all the figural and cathedral glass in the nave and chapels at All Saints', is now hard at work restoring the last window–Henry Goodhue's the Adoration of the Magi and Shephards. See the early September update for a brief history and description of this window.

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The undamaged face of the central angel. This was used to gauge the original values and shading of the damaged faces and hands of the mother and child.

Goodhue Window

High resolution files of all the images used in this article

Among the depredations suffered by this window was the "scarring" on the faces and hands of the central figures of the mother and child. The paint used for these features has failed substantially. Our Lady seems to have contracted alopecia at the central part in her hair and a biblical leprosy on her face, neck, and hands. The Christ Child seems similarly afflicted.

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The In Tray and the Out Tray. On the right are the pieces from the unzipped panel, depicting the Magi, that remain to be set into cames in the assembled panel shown on the left. On the right, notice the copper-edged, plated pieces of lapis lazuli sky above the kings' heads.

The restoration technique for this is complicated and challenging. It is important to preserve the historic material of the window. So the remedy for these visual defects caused by age and dirt is to do no more than clean the original glass. Instead of repairing the defects directly, a new layer of glass will be plated to the interior of side of these pieces. These new pieces have been reverse painted with line detail and matte painting to visually supplement the areas of paint failure in the original glass.

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Another view of the edges of the plated pieces of sky. On the right, copper tape being applied.

It is a particularly difficult challenge to restore the work of the original artist, for the second, restoring artist must paint the new glass to exactly match the painting on the existing glass. This painting is reverse to the original composition and the artist must add only so much as will restore the original definition and value intended by the window's first artist, without overwhelming the original work.

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Reverse-painted glass for the faces of the mother and child and for his blessing hand. The mother's hand has already been plated with its reverse-painted repair. The glass piece depicting the two hands has not yet had a repair painted.



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Here the painted glass has been set on top of the damaged historic glass forming a sandwich, with the old and newly painted surfaces in the center, protected against future infiltration of dirt by copper tape laid around the edges. Placed on a fluorescent light table, this photograph suggests the appearance when re-installed. This same technique will be used in a more speculative way in the restoration of the more greatly damaged architects' window.

Once the reverse painting is complete, the new piece is plated to the original piece, and copper tape is applied to edge of the two pieces before being reinserted into new lead cames. In fact, throughout this window, in every place where the original craftman employed two-, three-, or four-ply of glass, these edges will also be sealed against infiltrating dirt.

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Service Times


7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Low Mass
9:00 a.m. Adult Christian Education*
10:00 a.m. Solemn Mass
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour

* during the academic year


Low Mass
Wednesday 10 a.m. *
Friday 7 a.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.

* followed by coffee hour


Location and Parking

209 Ashmont Street
Dorchester MA 02124
(617) 436-6370


All Saints is located in the south Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, just off Peabody Square, at 209 Ashmont St. and is a very short walk from the Ashmont T station on the Red Line. (Click icon for map.)



The five principal levels of our buildings are handicap accessible, served by a five-stop elevator. Handicap access into both buildings is by a walkway and ADA-compliant ramp from the parking lot to the Ashmont Street door of the church.  There are handicap accessible bathrooms on four levels of the church and parish house.


There is a private parking lot for 47 cars and on-street parking on both Ashmont Street and on the other streets surrounding the church.

Four of these spaces are reserved for Zipcars.

Parish of All Saints, Ashmont


Our emphasis at the Parish of All Saints is on sacramental worship (the Mass or Holy Eucharist) celebrated in a traditional Anglo-Catholic style, with strong orthodox teaching and preaching, supportive pastoral care, a caring parish family, and responsibility to our community and the greater world.

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