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Historic Stain Glass Dome Leaving Maquoketa

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A real gem in Iowa will soon be calling Illinois home. The leaded glass dome that has made its home at Banowetz Antique Mall in Maquoketa, Iowa since the 70s has been sold to an Illinois glass and clock museum.

According to a news release, the dome was made by the John J. Kinsella Art Glass Studio based in Chicago and installed in the Dubuque Elks Club in 1912. It has over 450 jewels and when installed properly, replicates the sky at night. The dome is sixteen feet in diameter and six feet in depth, large enough to park a car under it. The twelve panels and center piece depict the stars of the Milky Way galaxy, and the names of the zodiac are at the base of each panel.

When the Elks Club building was torn down, the dome was installed in the warehouse at Banowetz Antique Mall. The dome has been sold and will soon be installed in a glass and clock museum in Evanston, Ill.

The Banowetz business is closing and its owners plan to retire.

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