St. Luke's makes donation to History Center for its assistance

St. Luke's Hospital is making a donation to The Carl & Mary Koehler History Center as a way of saying “thank you” for its assistance in identifying appropriate recipients for the Louis Millet stained glass windows and light fixtures.

The hospital is donating $5,000 to the History Center, at 1:30 p.m. today at the History Center which, is located at 615 1st Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids. The Carl & Mary Koehler History Center managed the application process and organized a review panel, which was formed last spring and made up of local volunteers to identify appropriate recipients for windows that were removed from First Christian Church. Last week the review panel identified four area organizations to receive the majority of the windows.

“We are appreciative of the History Center’s assistance with this important community historic preservation project,” said Ted Townsend, St. Luke’s President and CEO. “The work the panel has done on our behalf is quite extensive and we could not have done it without them or their expertise. It is our hope this donation expresses our gratitude appropriately.”

First Christian Church was razed last May after church members sold the property to St. Luke’s for the Physicians Clinic of Iowa Medical Pavilion. The hospital removed the stained glass windows for preservation after it was confirmed Louis Millet was the art glass designer of the church light fixtures and windows.

Additionally St. Luke’s and the History Center would like to announce they are now accepting applications for the Louis Millet stained glass light fixtures that were once housed in First Christian Church. Due to the lack of strong applications for the light fixtures last spring a new round of applications is being sought. The goal is for these light fixtures to be repurposed within public spaces in the Cedar Rapids corridor.

Organizations interested in applying for the Louis Millet stained glass light fixtures should call The History Center at 319/362-1501.

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