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The Rose Window Stained Glass by Mike and Stephanie Podulke and Daryl Nigon

      Recognizing the contribution art has had in the Mayo Clinic environment since the original Mayo Clinic Building was finished in 1914, Mayo Clinic Proceedings features some of the numerous works of art displayed throughout the buildings and grounds on Mayo Clinic campuses as interpreted by the author.
      Mike Podulke (1943-2011) studied stained glass making in Italy and the Netherlands from 1968 to 1972, and opened his studio, Rochester Stained Glass, in partnership with his wife, Stephanie, in 1976.
      Michael Joseph Podulke Obituary
      Macken funeral home.
      He designed and constructed numerous windows and works of art throughout Rochester, Minnesota, and the surrounding area, and maintained the studio up until his death.
      Michael Joseph Podulke Obituary
      Macken funeral home.
      Daryl Nigon, President and CEO of Nigon Woodworks — a custom furniture and cabinet making company also located in Rochester — constructed the wood frame for The Rose Window out of walnut harvested from Blooming Prairie, a community in southeast Minnesota.
      Nigon Woodworks website.
      ,
      Rochester Stained Glass Company website
      Our Story.
      Filled with rich and vibrant blue, green, and red colors, The Rose Window is infused with many symbols of the Christian faith — depicting the relationship between humanity and the mystery of God.
      Rochester Stained Glass Company website
      Our Story.
      The designs were created by Mike and Stephanie, and painted details were added by Stephanie using ground glass shards mixed with resins fired at extremely high temperatures.
      Nigon Woodworks website.
      Rochester Stained Glass Company website
      Our Story.
      • Walle P.
      Methodist Hospital Gets Stained Glass Window.
      The Rose Window was created by the Podulkes and Nigon for Mayo Clinic’s Methodist Hospital Chapel as a memorial to Reverend Raymond Spurlock, its first hospital chaplain. The window was installed in December of 1981 and dedicated in a ceremony held in January of 1982.
      Nigon Woodworks website.
      ,
      Rochester Stained Glass Company website
      Our Story.
      The Rose Window (originally noted as being located on the third floor),
      currently resides outside the chapel located on the second floor of Mayo Clinic Hospital, Methodist Campus (the window has not moved, but the floors have been renumbered).

      Acknowledgment

      In appreciation of Ms Mona Stevermer, from the Mayo Clinic W. Bruce Fye Center for the History of Medicine, and Ms Susan Hansen from the Rochester Public Library, who provided the historical resource documents about The Rose Window.

      References

        • Michael Joseph Podulke Obituary
        Macken funeral home.
      1. Nigon Woodworks website.
        https://www.nigonwoodworks.com/
        Date accessed: July 14, 2022
        • Rochester Stained Glass Company website
        Our Story.
        http://rochesterstainedglass.com/our_story
        Date accessed: July 14, 2022
        • Walle P.
        Methodist Hospital Gets Stained Glass Window.
        Rochester Post Bulletin. December 26, 1981; : p 22
        Date accessed: July 14, 2022
      2. The Religious Art of Rochester Methodist Hospital brochure.Published June 1988