What You Need to Know Before Your Houston Church Begins Its Antique Stained Glass Restoration Process

What You Need to Know Before Your Houston Church Begins Its Antique Stained Glass Restoration Process

Houston is well-known for its abundance of gorgeous, antique stained glass features that are housed throughout the numerous churches of many different denominations. Antique religious stained glass plays a crucial role in the worship process that may be underestimated. Many congregation members feel that these original stained glass windows offer historical and sentimental value. Antique stained glass needs to be restored periodically in order to maintain the antique value and ensure future generations can enjoy them as well.
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The Ultimate Bucket List for Stained Glass Lovers

Stained glass lovers and enthusiasts have a shared love and appreciation for stained glass. With so many unique, beautiful stained glass collections featured throughout the world, creating a bucket list can seem daunting. As stained glass enthusiasts, we’ve been compiling our own list. Here are our favorite stained glass pieces from around the world.

Gorgeous Examples of Stained Glass Found Throughout the World

The Augsburg Cathedral, located in Augsburg, Germany, features some of the oldest examples of stained glass found within the world. With different biblical figures found throughout the church, these elegant stained glass pieces are noteworthy for any history buff, stained glass enthusiast, and art lover. The Chartres Cathedral, located in Chartres, France, features amazing rose-colored stained glass that showcases the birth of Christ. A capturing glow is created whenever the sunlight hits these antique stained glass windows that were created in the early 13th century. Saint-Chapelle, located in Paris, France, has an incredible stained glass collection composed of 1,113 narrative stained glass pieces. These biblical narratives tell stories from both the New and Old Testament. Frank Lloyd Wright has been referred to as the first great American architect that designed homes in terms of furniture as well as architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright has created beautiful stained glass to complement his homes– this style is still used in modern day stained glass.

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Taking Inspiration from Worldwide Stained Glass Collections for Your Houston Property

Houston properties can take inspiration from stained glass collections found throughout the world. These renowned and historical stained glass collections have a lot to offer– those looking to create their own custom stained glass can create inspiring pieces for their church, beautiful privacy art for their homes, and eye-catching features for their business.

For more information regarding custom stained glass services for your Houston property, please contact us!

Texas Church Stained Glass To Fall In Love With

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.

 

Three Reasons You Should Consider Restoring the Life & Beauty of Your Beaumont Church Stained Glass

Beaumont churches house some of the most inspiring, unique stained glass pieces in Texas. These antique stained glass features can be so significant for the worshiping process offering your congregation members personalized perceptions of religious symbolism. These irreplaceable stained glass windows shouldn’t be underestimated, making restoration an important process to consider. Stained glass restoration provides a multitude of benefits for any Beaumont church.
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Benefits of Installing Stained Glass in Your Houston Home’s Entryway

Since its very beginnings when it was first used by ancient civilizations to create jewelry and pottery, stained glass has remained extremely popular over the years. However, as an art form, it has evolved greatly. No longer are stained glass windows solely designed for use in religious architecture.

Now stained glass is extremely common in apartment buildings and single family homes, especially those in the Houston area. Just take a drive through the areas of Boulevard Oaks or Houston Heights and you’ll see exactly what we’re talking about. And one of the most popular places residents like to put stained glass in their Houston home is their entryway.

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Trend Alert: Mackintosh Inspired Stained Glass For Houston Homes

Will Mackintosh Inspired Stained Glass Work With The Design Of Your Houston Home?

Mackintosh stained glass has been re-emerging in the 21st century and it is no mystery as to why– it is fabulous! At Houston Stained Glass Houston we are getting more questions each day about this trendsetting Scottish artisan and whether his designs will work with homes in Houston. Most people have heard the name Charles Rennie Mackintosh but are aware exactly what his style looks like and the sheer breadth of his work. His is an art form that could arguably be called the hallmark of an entire generation. So our answer, when people ask us if Mackintosh style stained glass is right for their home is a resounding yes! Not only because Mackintosh’s designs were so lovely but because there is simply so much of it to pull inspiration from! has so much work to pull from. Read below to better understand Mackintosh’s body of work

The Luxurious Look Of Mackintosh Stained Glass

As a designer Charles Mackintosh was prolific. Part of what draws people to his work is the supreme minimalism that characterizes it. Stained glass windows inspired by his work often include clean lines, bold pops of color surrounded by clear geometric panes and natural motifs.

The Mackintosh rose is by far his crowning achievement. Beautiful, elegant and floral, without ever coming across flowery, it is a stunning motif achieved with very few lines superbly placed. Look at the example below to see it’s genius!

Mackintosh Style Stained Glass For Your Houston Home

You can probably see the universal appeal of Mackintosh stained glass just by the pictures above. His body of work is still stunning and somehow as relevant today as it was over 100 years ago. Having this style of stained glass in your home will add modern beauty but still a sense of nostalgia to your interior design. At Houston Stained Glass we specialize in vintage styles of stained glass-like Mackintosh and are highly skilled at bringing older styles to life in modern homes and would love to do so for you.

Watch the video below to see more about Charles Rennie Mackintosh:

When looking for custom stained glass like this or any style, contact us for more information and to schedule a design consultation.

How to Care for Stained Glass in Houston Homes, Churches, or Hotels

Stained glass may seem like an easy medium to take care of– many Houston property owners assume that they’re low maintenance requirements are similar to other windows and glass products. Stained glass actually requires unique, specialized care that differs from other windows and glass panels. Providing the proper care can actually promote longer lifespan in addition to keeping it in wonderful condition. Properly cared for stained glass can really increase property value and improve curb appeal, continue inspiring congregations, attract new customers, and much more.
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The Timeless Prairie Style Stained Glass For Your Houston Home

Where Did The Prairie Style Begin?

You likely have heard the term mid-century modern because it seems to be all the rage these days. That is understandable because it is a pretty fantastic home style. What you may not realize is this design style and many others were inspired, in large part by a designer called Frank Lloyd Wright. He was a talented and prolific architect/designer who is widely recognized as the grandfather of many different interiors and architectural styles that are still revered and as relevant today as they were when he lived–in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Much acclaim is given to the Prairie Style which basically was a philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright invented and had a passion for. Today it is still one of the most popular stained glass styles on the market, and for good reason–it is lovely. Read below to find out why.

What Is Prairie Style Stained Glass?

When you think about something as simple as the prairie, you probably imagine endless fields and crisp horizon lines stretching on for miles and miles unabated. This type of expanse filled full of light and openness is precisely what Wright wanted to convey in his architecture and stained glass. Dramatic horizontal lines that zig-zagged meticulously without intrusion into the inside or outside world are hallmarks of Wright’s work. He was intensely interested in how light entered a room and considered it, as well as the glass, an integral part of the design of a house. He was obsessed with the integrity of the materials he used, from stone to wood to glass and everything in between. This meant he did not want to try and hide or change the glass but rather allow the glass to exist as itself in the chosen environment. Similarly, he wanted everything he designed in the Prairie Style to harmonize with a natural setting–not interfere.

The results, as you can see, were amazing.

His work was ahead of its time and considered modern in the 19th and 20th centuries, but somehow had echoes of a simpler, more natural time. It ended up that it was just as at home in the natural world as it was in an urban setting, yet still, the echoes of nature were unmistakable. His use of colors was limited but bold and he had a penchant towards mixing pops of color with mostly clear glass. His intersecting lines allowed his prairie style work to be both outstanding but still at peace the natural world all around. Frank Lloyd Wright was definitely ahead of his time but the sheer uniqueness and breadth of his work, lead us to believe no matter what era he lived in he would still be a pioneer of his day.

Watch the video below for more information on Prairie style stained glass:

Houston Stained Glass For All Your Prairie Style Stained Glass Needs

At Houston Stained Glass we greatly respect the genius that is the work of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style. We create glass in this style for our customers to honor him and to keep the legacy of artistic perfection alive today. If you are interested in a prairie style stained glass window for your Houston home, contact us today for more information and to schedule a design consultation with one of our Prairie Style experts.

What is Scottish Stained Glass?

Many of our clients and potential customers ask us, “What is Scottish Stained Glass?” and wonder how it differs from other stained glass methods available in today’s market. Houston Stained Glass, presented by Scottish Stained Glass, is proud of our renowned custom stained glass process and proprietary techniques that are true only to Scottish Stained Glass.
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Taking the First Steps Towards Repairing Your Houston Home’s Stained Glass

Houston Stained Glass is proud to have helped so many in our community by restoring their treasured stained glass pieces. Antique stained glass can contain a lot of monetary and sentimental value, making restoration a vital process. We’ve completed hundreds of commercial and residential restoration projects, and would love to help you get started on your Houston home’s stained glass restoration.

Fully Restore Stained Glass to its Original Beauty by Contacting Experienced Professionals

Our renowned restoration process has taken the nation by storm, helping communities all over the United States with their stained glass preservation. Stained glass typically starts to deteriorate around the 75 – 100 year mark, showing disintegration factors, warped glass, and more. With our proper restoration process, Houston homeowners can actually get another 100 years add to their stained glass’ life until it’s ready for its next restoration. All of our happy clients are stunned after we’ve completed restoration due to the luminous, fresh new look their stained glass features. Our team of local stained glass artisans are happy give back to the community, preserving these stained glass panels for generations to come.

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Contact a Stained Glass Designer Who is an Expert in Repair and Restoration

We’ve completed over 70,000 custom stained glass pieces, repairs, and restorations. Our extensive experience allows us to determine if your stained glass qualifies for repair, restoration, or replacement. We understand all the different processes used in the past for stained glass creation, and are well-equipped to repair or restore any piece from any time period. Restoration is definitely one of our strong suits– our portfolio showcases that skill and we’re always happy to conduct an on-site assessment of whatever stained glass you may have in question.

For more information regarding residential stained glass repair in your Houston home or for a free consultation, please give us a call: (832) 548-4955