Stained Glass Conservation Project: Hopewell Church
Hopewell Church is a quaint Baptist Church in the South with a set of three beautiful stained glass windows. Recently, our the Houston Stained Glass team was hired to be part of stained glass conservation efforts for the church. Below, we’ve discussed the project in detail, including the methods we used to preserve the original historic glass as well as the outcome.
Stained Glass Restoration for Storm Damage
We were contacted by the church committee after their stained glass had suffered significant storm damage. The church had been hit by a violent storm with strong, high speed winds. The wind was so intense that it shattered some of the stained glass. Each window was made up of two panels and three out of six of the panels were completely shattered.
We worked with the church to come up with a solution for repairing the stained glass while conserving as much of the original materials as possible. Replacing these windows would have been very costly. Furthermore, because the windows were so old, they were an important part of the church’s architecture and had significant historic value.
The main problem was, however, the original glass was very difficult to match. We searched everywhere but we could not find glass that was a matching profile.
The Solution: Combining New & Old Glass
In the end, we decided that the best solution was to take all the windows apart, then use a combination of both new and old glass to rebuild all six panels. This way, all of the panels would match and have the same colors. This also allowed for the reuse of the original, historic glass.
We removed the panels, rebuilt them in our studio, and reinstalled them back in the church. Because they all matched perfectly, you couldn’t even tell that repairs had been made or that the stained glass had been damaged. The church was very satisfied with this outcome since it was both cost-effective and conservative in terms of historic preservation.
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