The Beecher Mausoleum is located east of Illinois Route 1 (Dixie Highway) and south of Indiana Avenue just south of the Village of Beecher, just outside the village’s corporate boundaries. This Mausoleum is on The National Register of Historic Places and is on the official list of the Nation’s historic places worthy of preservation. You will also find the Beecher Mausoleum on “The Ten Most Endangered Historic Places of 2013”.
Efforts are ongoing to preserve the status and stature of the Beecher Mausoleum, to pay homage to those whose initial idea it was to build it, to the souls whose remains are contained within it, and to the community for which it serves. Suevel Studios has been working with members of Beecher Mausoleum Association to help them in their mission to preserve and restore this national treasure.
These initial photographs show the scope of the work needed for the stained glass window restoration project. All of the existing stained glass windows have either been broken or damaged by vandalism and this is all that is left of more than 20 windows. Our first step will be to make rubbings of each window and then take extensive and detailed notes of the damage done to each window. Historical restoration work requires that we do a lot of research on the building and the windows before any actual restoration work begins. Any and all work done must be meticulously documented with both written notes and photography. These records then become a part of the archival history of the Beecher Mausoleum. Once everything has been documented in place, the windows will be removed and transported to the studio for a more thorough evaluation and for the restoration process. Below are pictures of the first set of transom windows brought to the studio for restoration.