CJ Recovers Julienne Stained Glass

Chaminade Julienne has preserved some of the history of one of its predecessor schools by recovering the stained glass windows that once adorned the interior of the building at 325 Homewood Avenue, formerly the home of Julienne High School.

The leadership team of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur joined alumnae from Julienne and members of the CJ alumni office Saturday, March 24 in blessing the first of the school’s new stained glass windows, installed for display on the first floor outside the Welcome Center.

The “new” window, which has been around for decades, was first installed in the Sisters’ chapel at Julienne circa 1927. Administrators at CJ acquired the stained glass window, and a dozen similar windows, this January from Dayton Public Schools, which purchased the property in the historic Five Oaks neighborhood from Dayton Christian Schools in 2006.

“The windows are a part of our history, and we have been working with officials from DPS since they last used the building in 2007 to recover them and bring them to our campus,” said Dan Meixner, president.

Julienne High School for girls operated from 1927 to 1973 before relocating to and merging with the all-boys Chaminade High School at the corner of Franklin and Ludlow Streets—CJ’s current location. In 1974, girls from the recently closed St. Joseph Commercial High School in downtown Dayton were welcomed at CJ as well.

“We hope to install more of the windows from Julienne in our building over the next few years as renovations to individual spaces occur,” Meixner said.

The window, which depicts the Virgin Mary and the infant Jesus, will be moved during the summer of 2012 to its final home at the administrative offices of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Cincinnati. CJ is jointly owned and sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Society of Mary.

“Julienne and Chaminade Julienne are important to the Sisters, and they wanted a reminder of how their Catholic educational mission has been, and continues to be, lived out in Dayton,” Meixner said.

Beginning in 1886, the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur first operated Notre Dame Academy on the site of the current Chaminade Julienne campus. Later, as enrollment grew in the 1920’s, the order constructed a new building on Homewood Avenue that would become Julienne High School.

According to Meixner, restoration of the stained glass window slated for permanent display at CJ is expected to take six to eight weeks.