Dissette Windows: two windows into Irvington history

Once a building is demolished, it exists only in photographs, news articles, remembrances and possibly artifacts.  The James Dissette mansion, which became the Pleasant Run Golf Course Clubhouse in the 20s, is such a building.    Until recently the Irvington Historical Society had only photos and news articles.  We just received two leaded glass windows thanks to Susan Bowman Cress.
The donor’s father obtained these when that fire-damaged structure was torn down in the 70s to make way for today’s modern building.  She had fond memories of times spent at that clubhouse and on the golf course with her father, DeForrest Bowman.  What she didn’t realize was that those windows were from the 1909 Dissette mansion designed by Indianapolis architect Adolph Sherrer in a Dutch Colonial style.  It was quite a home and would have made a handsome clubhouse with its veranda and large open rooms.

We now have two fragile windows which we can’t display until they are stabilized.  We are hoping to obtain help from golfers, children of golfers or others who see value in preserving Irvington’s history. 

Gary Zelinger, with 42 years in the business of stained-glass creation and conservation has identified 21 pieces that need attention.  Although he will donate vintage replacement glass, we need to pay approximately $1,000 for labor, new lead and a supporting frame. 

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dollars raised to restore the Dissette Windows
Thank you to our generous donors for their support in restoring the windows!

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