The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is located on a 70-acre site in La Crosse, WI. A jewel of architecture, craftsmanship and faith, the shrine is a rare example of new church construction in the classical style. In fact, it is said to be one of the few churches built in the classical style in the U.S. in the past 50 years. Completed in early 2008, the church was a seven-year project & described as a once-in-a-lifetime project by everyone involved. Much of the interior was inspired by the interior of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.
After an international competition, Rohlf’s Stained & Leaded Glass Studio was chosen to design, fabricate & install the church’s 31 new stained glass windows. Rohlf’s was very excited to provide the new stained glass windows for this church in particular because of the classical style the architects had chosen. Rohlf’s Stained & Leaded Glass Studio has been chosen to restore, fabricate or repair the stained glass windows in countless churches, but this project called for Romanesque-style traditional windows, a dream come true for most stained glass artists. The Rohlf’s stained glass artist for this project was Alex Sidorov. Rohlf’s supplied various sizes of new stained glass windows for the church, featuring different designs, some figurative and some symbolic.
You can read more about this project and the involvement of Rohlf’s Stained & Leaded Glass Studio in the December 2008 issue of Traditional Building Magazine.