In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and the 2005 levee failures, the Louisiana Annual Conference made the difficult decision to sell the heavily flood-damaged property formally known as Napoleon Avenue Methodist Church in New Orleans.
Because the stunning stained glass windows that dated back as far as the 1800’s remained virtually intact, the windows were salvaged prior to the disposition of the church property. And in recent years have been stored at the Wesley Center in Woodworth.
Leaders within the Conference wanted to honor both the legacy of Napoleon Avenue Methodist Church and the memory of all who were affected by the storm, by displaying the windows at a location that could be appreciated and enjoyed by many. The Wesley Center was honored to be the chosen site.
Two stained glass window installations are located in the common area at the center of the Jesse B. Stafford Building.
Additional installations are located at the end of the main hallway that leads toward the chapel and in room 1012, also known as the Board Room.
Bishop Bill and Mrs. Kay Hutchinson generously provided the gracious financial support for the window installation.
The stained glass windows are a representation of our Methodist and Louisiana heritage. They are gifts from the past to be admired for many generations to come.