St. Alphonsus' stained-glass windows being restored to all their glory
In its long history, St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Church in downtown Baltimore has seen its share of saints, sinners and Baltimore weather.
The first two have been easier to accommodate than the third, which has taken its toll on the church. A costly renovation is under way to make amends.
A few days ago, workers climbed scaffolding and removed two fragile stained-glass windows from the church's nave, a step in the restoration of the 1845 building renowned for its lavish Gothic Revival interior, high altar and no fewer than 84 saint statues, according to an August 3 report in The Baltimore Sun.