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For more than seven decades, well into the 1970s, Thomas Sutton Hall stood on the site newly occupied by the soon-to-be home of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. When that building is completed next year, several of Thomas Sutton’s stained-glass windows will be part of it.

Kelsey Adams and Kadeem Washington cleaning the Thomas Sutton Hall windows

Kelsey Adams, vice president of the Senior Class Gift Committee, and Kadeem Washington ’14, former president of the Student Philanthropy Council, cleaned the Thomas Sutton Hall windows in Robertshaw. (Keith Boyer)

Constructed in 1903 and 1904, Thomas Sutton Hall was at the heart of the campus: It was the place where most students came to eat every day. The stained-glass panes sat atop long, clear-glass windows. When the building was demolished, a few pieces of the stained glass found their way into what was then the new Stapleton Library. The rest eventually ended up at Robertshaw for storage.

Thomas Sutton Hall in 1909

Thomas Sutton Hall in 1909. (IUP Archives)

The IUP Class of 2014 has made refurbishing the windows its Senior Class Gift project and has already raised $12,000. May and December 2014 graduates are invited to help ensure the Thomas Sutton stained glass comes home. Those who want to make a gift may do so online or by contacting the Office of Annual Giving at 724-357-5555 or iup-giving@iup.edu.