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Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church

Norfolk, VA

In adaptive reuse of historic windows, we must often invent a new window that helps create a seamless adaptation. In the reuse of two scenes from the New Testament that invoke the presence of the Holy Spirit, the Ascension and Pentecost, we designed this rose window to reiterate at once the religious theme of the Holy Spirit and the visual theme of the Gothic canopies present in the historic windows. In the resulting design the symmetry of the Gothic tracery forms an ornate jewel-like cross. The rose window is centered above the two figurative scenes and the dove in the center of the rose symbolically spreads its wings over the two events beneath it.