Treasures: Long-Lost Julienne Windows
Last week, a window rescued from the old Julienne High School for girls received a new temporary home outside the Welcome Center at Chaminade Julinne High School. There are many more to come.
Julienne, operated from 1927 to 1973 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, closed and merged with the all-boys Chaminade School in 1973. Dayton Public Schools has owned the Julienne building since 2006, including the set of 13 stained glass windows ini what was once the sisters’s chapel.
“The windows are a part of our history, and we have been working with officials from DPS since they last used the building in 2009 to recover them and bring them to our campus,” said CJ President Dan Meixner.
The window, which depicts Mary and the infant Jesus, was blessed on March 29. Over the summer it will be moved to the Cincinnati offices of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, and a window currently being restored will take its place.
“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. “We hope to install more of the windows from Julienne in our building over the next few years as renovations to individual spaces occur.”
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 , for the blessing. Displays of Julienne pins, uniforms, and memorabilia recalled nearly 50 years of history education Dayton’s young women.
CJ is jointly owned and sponsored by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and the Society of Mary. It serves 630 students and families from more than 50 ZIP codes.
Photos by Julie Walling, courtesy Chaminade Julienne High School.