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How long did artist Rowan LeCompte live in Wilmington?

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Rowan LeCompte gives an approving thump to his window "Two Trees Amid Harvest" as it is installed at the Louise Wells Cameron Museum of Art in April 2002. StarNews file photo.

Rowan LeCompte gives an approving thump to his window “Two Trees Amid Harvest” as it is installed at the Louise Wells Cameron Museum of Art in April 2002. StarNews file photo.

Rowan LeCompte (1925-2014), the noted stained-glass artist whose work included more than 40 windows in the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C., lived in Wilmington for a number of years.

Wilmington city directories show LeCompte and his wife, Peggy, lived at 1702 Country Club Road in 1997 and 1998. By the time the 1999 city directory came out, they had moved to 6204 North Bradley Overlook, in the Parsley Woods subdvision near Wrightsville Beach. They remained at this address through 2004.

The LeComptes then moved to Waynesboro, Va., but continued to visit Wilmington frequently, according to family friend Pat Marriott.

LeCompte did studio work in his home, said Susan Tharin of Airlie Art Glass, a frequent local collaborator.

In this area, LeCompte created the “Summer” window in First Baptist Church at Fifth Avenue and Market Street, the “Two Trees Amid Harvest” window at Cameron Art Museum and windows in the chapels at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina in Lake Waccamaw.

LeCompte donated two windows for the narthex of the Episcopal Church of the Servant. His last major local project was a massive window installed at the Church of the Servant in honor of the parish’s 40th anniversary. It was dedicated on Mothers’ Day 2012.

In all LeCompte contributed 45 windows and six monsaics to the National Cathedral, which he first visited as a 14-year-old. His last major contribution was the giant “Creation” rose window, dedicated in 1976.

LeCompte also executed stained glass for churches in Baltimore and Hartford, Conn., in the office of the governor of New York and on the Princeton University campus.

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One Response to “ How long did artist Rowan LeCompte live in Wilmington?”

  1. On April 11, 2014 at 12:51 pm Scott Nunn wrote:

    While the Rowan LaCompte window installed most recently at Church of the Servant is impressive, it’s really not that big. It is tall and narrow. It originally was made for another church and when Rowan offered it to COS some new pieces were added to identify with COS, including nautical items, and a small lobster to represent the church’s longtime lobster sale fundraiser. COS also has displayed in its sanctuary one of Rowan’s “cartoons,” a painted replica of a piece that is in Washington National Cathedral.



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