Stained Glass And Texas Churches: A Long History
Texas and stained glass have a long and glorious history with one another As such, San Antonio and the state, in general, are home myriad to many beautiful places of worship adorned with stained glass. Our lovely state takes great pride in historic preservation of stained glass meaning us and our children know we will be able to experience the joy it brings for decades to come. Churches and cathedrals both urban and rural dot the Texas landscape and all of them have a story with cultural relevance. As lovers of stained glass history ourselves, we at Houston Stained Glass, have taken the time to list some of the states most lovely and historically significant stained glass and the churches they adorn.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church – Fredericksburg, TX
Built by Catholic German immigrants in the small Texas town of Fredericksburg this church was constructed in 1908. The stone used was local, quarried nearby, and it was designed by architect Leo M.J. Dielmann. This church is the picture of stained glass beauty with large and stunning stained-glass windows installed in 1914. It is truly a marvel of American stained glass history and a gem of Texas history.
St. Mary Catholic Church, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – High Hill, TX
Widely regarded as the ‘Queen of the Painted Churches’, the stained glass in this church is as stunning as it is bursting with Texas history. As a focal point of the entire church, the stained glass is a masterpiece paired with the amazing Gothic vaults and joints. It is one of the most magnificent stained glass marvels of all of Texas. Well loved and preserved, the stained glass in this church will be treasured for generations to come.
Saint Mary Cathedral – Austin, TX
Saint Mary Cathedral in Austin is a historical landmark for many reasons but one big one is– the first cornerstone was laid the exact same year that Austin became the permanent capital of Texas. It was designed by architect Nicholas Clayton who was a devout Catholic and wanted to create a space that evoked beauty found in nature. Stained glass is a very good way to achieve this aesthetic evident by the stained glass we see today in this church. The splendid stained glass windows also depict the reverence for God the Saints had through stories of the many ways to love and serve.
At Houston Stained Glass, we feel it is our duty to preserve religious stained glass both because of its symbolic value and its value pertaining to Texas’s long church history. For nearly 30 years we have repaired copious amounts of religious stained glass windows both here in Texas. We are the country’s premier stained glass restoration experts. Contact us today with questions about your church, synagogue or mosque stained glass restoration project and to schedule an inspection of your chapel’s stained glass.