Renovations open a window to chapel’s windows

A detail of the Our Lady Help of Christians window in St Scholastica’s Chapel, Glebe (The Good Oil/Joanna Mead)

Recent renovations to St Scholastica’s Chapel in the inner-Sydney suburb of Glebe gave the Sisters of the Good Samaritan’s archivist a bird’s-eye view of some of the chapel’s treasures. Source: The Good Oil.

The renovations, necessitated by water damage, included the full replacement of the roof using Spanish-style terracotta tiles and copper guttering and downpipes, all done in a manner that maintains the heritage integrity of the building.

St Scholastica’s Chapel, which is actually named the Archbishop Polding Memorial Chapel, after the founder of the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, was opened on November 29, 1931.

Greg O’Brien, Finance and Business Manager for the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, said the congregation was committed to preserving and enhancing the heritage aspects of the building during the renovations.

Scaffolding allowed Joanna Mead, archivist for the Sisters of the Good Samaritan, to get a bird’s-eye view of some of the greatest treasures in the chapel, the stained-glass windows.

“I was able to get close to many of the windows and take photos,” Ms Mead said, “Placement of the scaffolding didn’t always allow for easy shots and in some cases obscured the windows or parts of them.

“It was quite a thrill being able to see the Rose Window up close as it’s been obscured since the installation of the Baldacchino (a canopy that covers the entire altar).”

Ms Mead said while the windows were not part of the current renovation project, restoration work could be undertaken in the future.


A rare bird’s-eye view of the windows in St Scholastica’s Chapel (By Debra Vermeer, The Good Oil

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