|Stained glass windows at Mattoon Lodge No. 260 A.F. & A.M. Illinois|
Long time member Charlie Coffey (and I believe he's a Past Master there) filled me in on their history. They were part of the original Mattoon Lodge building. They were inset into the exterior wall over the entrance doorway of that Lodge and served as the meeting lights. When they were illuminated it was a meeting night. I assume each stained glass panel had it's own bulb and switch and were illuminated according to which body was meeting at the old building that particular night.
When the Lodge left the old building, and took residence in a more modern building, they brought those stained glass panels with them, and installed them in the dining room wall so that future generations of Mattoon Masons could enjoy that legacy. Great story, and a really nice feature of their Lodge. I would have loved to have seen them as they looked in the old Lodge building.
~Todd E. Creason