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News 2015

Students Restore Elmhurst Historic Glass Door


Window Work


St. Clairsville, OH (July 21, 2015) – Students in the Belmont College Building Preservation/Restoration (BPR) program recently completed work on a local restoration project in Wheeling, West Virginia for their Community Field Lab class.


The project included the restoration of three leaded stained glass panels around the front door at Elmhurst, The House of Friendship, Retirement Residence, formerly known as the Bloch mansion. Eight students from the BPR program collectively contributed nearly 600 hours over an eight day period under the supervision of Instructor Cathie Senter. 


“Our students really enjoy working on local historic projects such as the Elmhurst mansion,” said Senter. “Not only do they gain hands-on, practical experience, it is also a very rewarding way for them to give back to the community.”


She went on to say, “When working at a job site, the students have to deal with issues such as, weather, building occupants, jobsite setup and dismantling among other things. Working at a construction site or in an old building has a lot more variables than the controlled environment of our labs. Additionally, they also see how much time I spend acting as the project manager in coordinating with the building owner, procuring supplies and tools, ensuring quality control and the maintaining their schedule. In order to encourage that leadership role, each student acts as the site foremen for an entire day.”


The students involved in the Elmhurst project were as follows:BPR Students at Elmhurst


  • Derek Bell – Wheeling, WV
  • Brett Davis – Kent, OH
  • Valadev Dove – Wheeling, WV
  • Luke Griffey – Parma, OH
  • Chad Hall – Barnesville, Ohio
  • Nicholas Jacobs, Big Rapids MI
  • Michael Rines – Bellaire, OH
  • Joseph Tokarsky –  Kent, OH