Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Our New Windows on the World

"But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?" Shakespeare's Romeo asked. GPTS students, staff and faculty have been asking a similar question for the five years since moving into our beautiful campus home. For those on the noonday- and afternoon-sun sides of the building, the glaring light and Southern heat breaking through yonder classroom and office windows have sometimes been highly problematic. As author James Thurber once put it: "There are two kinds of light — the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures." In May, thanks to capital funds from a bequest, most of the seminary's windows were draped with some uniquely functional new window coverings. The glare that obscures was eliminated, allowing the glow that illumines to come forward. The semi-opaque shades allow an outward view but filter the sunlight and provide sufficient darkening for video projection. Note the difference in the glare in the center window of the Board Room as the shade is partially raised.