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Stained Glass Restoration Tales:  Bethel A.M.E.

On 15, Feb 2019 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Religious & Church Stained Glass | By sgaadmin

What Church Stained Glass Restoration Means To A Community

While it is true that Church stained glass restoration can sometimes be expensive, is so very important to the history of American churches of all denominations and likewise breathes new life into congregations.  Moreover, it brings total joy to parishioners. So for churches here in Austin an around the country, it is something for churches with stained glass windows to consider, whether those windows are small and minimalistic and or majestic and intricate.

A Stained Glass Restoration Rich With History

A  very strong example of how enriching stained glass restoration on a chapel can be is seen in the recent sanctuary restoration of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Huntington in NY.  This charming old church has the distinction of being Huntington, NY’s oldest African American church; something that carries with deep historical significance both for the area and for the African American culture within it.   This particular program cost right around $50,00 and took about two years to complete but to the parishioners, it carried deep meaning since they felt they were preserving more than just their windows but their culture while paying homage to those bygone parishioners that put so much into founding church and their original stained glass windows.

The Deterioration Of The Stained Glass Windows

As you can see from the pictures below the stained glass windows in the sanctuary at  Bethel A.M.E. were simple but gorgeous and definitely true to the style of the era– during the era in which they were installed–1924.  However, over the years the condition of these once flawless stained glass windows had deteriorated so in 2016, Rev Larry D Jennings decided it was time to restore them from their very poor condition; not only because the window really needed it but because he and the congregation saw the historical value and also thought it was a smart way to respect the original generosity of those who likely sacrifice for them to be installed.

Paying For The Church Stained Glass Restoration

Paying for stained glass restoration is often an expensive endeavor and finding funds a challenge–but well worth it.  Luckily for Bethel A.M.E. a town historian, Robert Hughes found grants from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for $20,000, them the Sacred Sites program of the New York Landmarks Conservancy for $10,000; and finally The Gerry Charitable Trust for $5,000.  The costs that remained were covered by donations from the congregation itself. And the results could not be more breathtaking.

Stained Glass Restoration Guide And Pricing

If you have a church here in Austin that has windows you love but that are clearly aging and need repair, and you are considering having them restored as a way to breath new life into them and your congregation, we at Stained Glass Austin are able to help guide you through the process, costs and even fundraising for stained glass restoration as well.  Contact us today for more information and for a free consultation/stained glass inspection.

 

Inspiring Religious Stained Glass Designs for Your Austin Chapel

Have you been considering ways to improve your chapel? Finding effective, compelling solutions that add meaning and intent to your services can make all the difference for your congregation members. Your flock turns to you in their time of need, often looking for inspiration and meaning in their situations. Custom stained glass is a brilliant way to inspire your flock. Stained glass has offered a means of inspiration for centuries, providing a tested and true way to improve your Austin chapel.

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Why You Should Do A Painted Church Tour When Visiting Texas

On 31, Jan 2019 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Religious & Church Stained Glass | By sgaadmin

Painted Church Tours In Texas

When visiting Austin a fantastic little activity is going to see the legendary “Painted Churches” which are the pride of many parts of the state. Painted churches are historic chapels and churches painted by German and Czech immigrants, they use bright colors and bold patterns as a way to celebrate their continued success as pioneers and to keep their spirits high in times of trouble. Better than visiting a single church is doing an entire tour and one of the best is put on by The Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce. They have a lot of knowledge about the area’s painted churches and will provide you with one of the most spectacular and thorough tours in Texas. They also have great ratings on Trip Advisor and other review sites–so you know it will be worth the $10 fee. As stained glass professionals here in Texas, we at Stained Glass Austin, appreciate the preservation of such amazing treasures that illustrate Texas’ long and colorful history–like the painted churches. In fact, we like it so much, we decided to write a little about the best churches included in the tour and the stained glass windows within them.

Stained Glass Treasures In Texas Painted Churches

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church

This lovely vintage church is Nicknamed “The Pink Church”. Built in 1907, it is technically the third church built on this site because both churches before it were destroyed by natural disasters. The current stained glass windows are more simple than the ones before but breathtaking anyway and still show some hints of the previous Gothic Revival-style of architecture they were built in.

Saints Cyril and Methodius Church (Dubina, TX)

The Saints Cyril and Methodius Church were designed by is famed architect Leo Dielmann after the original church was destroyed in a hurricane around 1909. Dielman’s actually designed over 100 churches in Central Texas and it is easy to see why after visiting this church. The stained glass in Saints Cyril and Methodius is surrounded by some of the most beautiful interiors of almost any Texas painted church– a hallmark of Dielman’s designs.

St. Mary Catholic Church (High Hill, TX)

St. Mary Catholic Church in High Hill has a brick exterior with a wooden interior and as such, is different than most other churches in the area. This is because the community chose to build this church out of brick and stone since many were destroyed by storms and fires. St. Mary was also designed by famed church architect Leo Dielman and is of interest because it was the first one he designed. Once again his Gothic Revival style is even evident by on the stained glass windows and painting on the ceiling.

Here at Stained Glass Austin, we have restored a number of churches similar to the amazing chapels above. As restoration experts, we cherish the long church and stained glass history in the state of Texas and would love to work with your church if the need is there. For more information on stained glass repair or restoration in all of Texas, contact us today!

Our Favorite Stained Glass Windows for Modern Austin Homes

Embracing the modern aesthetic is all about being adventurous. Creativity is truly the heart of the most alluring modern home designs. When looking at a modern space, we are intrigued by the details that surprise, those that the most unique. That’s what makes stained glass windows perfect for modern Austin homes.

Mixing contemporary styles with vintage pieces can create a look that’s captivating. Most cookie-cutter homes today do not feature styles from the 12th century and the 21st century in the same room, but with stained glass, this is possible. Adding a colorful, vintage looking stained glass window to a room that is comprised of primarily white walls and neutral furnishings can create a unique, artistic effect. This type of out-of-the-box thinking has been practiced by interior designers for decades.

By adding stained glass to your kitchen, bathroom, or entryway, you can create a gorgeous, custom look for your home that’s entirely your own.

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To Keep Or Replace: What Makes Austin’s Homes Historic Stained Glass Valuable

On 26, Nov 2018 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Stained Glass Repair And Restoration | By sgaadmin

Stained Glass Repair And Replacement Austin

Most people have not idea what their stained glass windows may or may not be worth.  Which is understandable because values are hard to estimate in general and tend to fluctuate with time and styles.  Now more than ever,  as the  Austin area is going through a renovation boom, finding out the value of your stained glass and whether to keep or replace it, is important.  Not all stained glass is worth a lot of money but a lot of the stained glass, has value beyond monetary.  And every once in a while there is the case of a vintage homeowner stumbling upon a surprisingly lucrative piece of stained glass they didn’t realize was so rich in history and value. While most historic stained glass will be not be something you can quit your day job for, finding out the value of your Austin home’s glass is critical for things like insurance value and home resale for example. Below are a few things a stained glass expert, like Stained Glass Austin, will consider when pricing your beloved stained glass window.

What Appraisers Look At When Pricing Vintage Stained Glass

Context Of The Building or Home: The history of the building is a huge part of stained glass value and provides many more clues about the history and maker of the stained glass.

Inscriptions and Signatures. An easy and obvious way to tell the value of  stained glass windows is inscriptions on them.  These let you know precisely who made the glass or from which studio it came from.  Many studios and artists, like Tiffany, put signature plates on the lower right-hand corner or their work.

Composition and Style Elements: The style of your Austin window is a very good way to figure out when it was made and even who made it. Styles like Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, Prairie School are all distinctive style,  coveted and valuable too. If your vintage stained glass is in these types styles, it is easier to estimate the time, area or artist it came from.

The Surrounding Framing Structure: The frame holding the stained glass is just as telling as the glass that it holds in. If it is the original it will tell you precisely when the vintage stained glass window was made. But what it was made of also tells a tale:

  • Iron frames are typically around post 1850s
  • Steel frames are usually post-World War I
  • Cast stone frames were used as early as the 1880s, but truly came into vogue after 1900)
  • Terra Cotta Frames came into use right around 1900

The Make-up Of The Glass: Of course, the glass is a huge clue in and of itself. There were many varieties of glassmaking methods and innovations, each dating to a different time and style in American history. So,  opalescent glass, for example, was invented in 1880 and widely used, in two variations by Tiffany.

Stained Glass Austin For Stained Glass Pricing

Before removing or changing the vintage glass in your Austin home, be sure to make every effort to find out and record its history and composition. Also, get it documented for future generation. For help finding out the value of your Austin home’s stained glass contact us at Stained Glass Austin today!

Exploring Beautiful Stained Glass Churches in The South

On 07, Nov 2018 | No Comments | In Religious & Church Stained Glass | By sgaadmin

There’s no way to deny the charm and beauty of church stained glass. Once you look upon stained glass, it instantly captures your attention. The beautiful colors and images are make it hard to look away from it.

For centuries, stained glass windows have been popular in religious architecture. Ancient cathedrals across the globe house beautiful stained glass masterpieces that have been expertly planned and crafted. However, you don’t have to go far to see stunning examples of stained glass. It can be found right here, in Texas and the Southern US.

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Oct
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3 Reasons Your Should Add Visiting Sainte Chapelle to Your Paris Bucket List

On 05, Oct 2018 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Custom Stained Glass | By sgaadmin

For stained glass enthusiasts, art lovers, and architecture admirers, there are so many beautiful masterpieces throughout the world. One of our favorite stained glass collections is housed within the Sainte Chapelle located in the gorgeous, historical city of Paris. Their exquisite stained glass collection was built over 800 years ago during a time period where glass was a very rare commodity. This age and time period definitely gives you a deeper appreciation for the detail and size of this stained glass collection.
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Beautiful Ways To Incorporate Antique Stained Glass for Austin Outdoor Weddings

On 05, Oct 2018 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Stained Glass Design & Styles | By sgaadmin

Stained Glass And Weddings: The Perfect Couple

Weddings are a fabulous even in which to gather family and friends to celebrate the love you and your significant other have for one another and make a commitment to a life together. They are also a great way to throw the party of your dreams! They are a time to finally bring together all the elements you have mused about since you were young. Whether it is the pink lady slipper bouquet, the red rose corsages on the groomsmen, a three-tiered cake with chocolate ganache or the lovely scenic Austin skyline to say your “I dos”, everything for this day is carefully curated to make it one to remember. One area of weddings that is seeing an increase in creative ideas are the backdrops at the alters where brides and grooms take their vows. Focusing on this one area of the event is a way to get the fantastic photos of the special moment you crave while at the same time tying all the design elements and colors of the entire ceremony together in one neat small space. Here at Stained Glass Austin, we find ourselves doing quite a bit of custom stained glass for weddings, namely antique style stained glass windows for wedding ceremony backdrops. This is a great idea no only for getting an elegant aesthetic and pictures during the ceremony but as a stylish place for family and friends to take pictures in front of all day or evening. What’s more, stained glass panels are easily moved so you can take them to the reception hall as well. Most importantly, after your big day is over, you have an heirloom piece of stained glass to hang in your newlywed home to commemorate the occasion throughout your married life! In fact, stained glass is so durable you will be able to pass your lovely stained glass wedding panel down to your grandkids and theirs too. For some ideas on what these stained glass panels may look like, explore pictures of some of the very best executed stained glass wedding backgrounds below.

For more information on custom antique style stained glass for your Austin area wedding, contact us at Stained Glass Austin on pricing and ideas.

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Jul
2018

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Six Popular Types of Stained Glass to Add Beauty to Your Austin Home

On 31, Jul 2018 | No Comments | In Stained Glass Design & Styles | By sgaadmin

The lively culture and artistic vibe of Austin have made stained glass a very popular choice for many neighborhoods. If you take a walk in Old Enfield, Clarksville, Hyde Park, or anyone of Austin’s historic neighborhoods, you’re bound to see stained glass in entryways and windows of homes in the area. However, stained glass isn’t just for Austin’s older homes. Many newer style homes in Cedar Park and Round Rock also feature clear, contemporary stained and leaded glass windows.

Stained glass can be incredibly stunning when integrated in the right manner. It’s subtle, yet noticeable, and makes a beautiful addition to bathroom windows, kitchens, sidelights, and transoms. And there are plenty of options to choose from too. When designing your stained glass, you get to decide every last detail, from the imagery to the colors of the glass. It’s a very customizable feature, which makes it easy to incorporate into a variety of architectural styles.

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The Do’s And Don’ts Of Home Preparation For Your Austin Home’s Stained Glass Install

On 10, Jul 2018 | No Comments | In Aggrigate, Custom Stained Glass, Stained Glass Pricing | By sgaadmin

Best Practices For Austin Homeowners Before And During Stained Glass Installation

If you have made the decision to get stained glass on your Austin home you are probably pretty excited right now and the day can’t come soon enough!  We understand how you feel and in anticipation of the day have a few ideas on how you can be involved throughout the process to make the install as seamless and efficiently as possible, so you can start enjoying your new window ASAP!

DO: Prepare The Area

Although many stained glass windows involve a simple quick installation, like stained glass window inserts, it is still a process that could involve dust, scraps, and chemicals/adhesives, so you are going to want to take measures to protect your furniture with plastic.  Also, remove valuables–it simply is never a good idea to leave valuable items out when contractors are around.

DON’T: Don’t try to help your stained glass installer or touch the window or installation tool.  This is as much a precautionary measure to keep you from getting hurt, as it is a convenience to you.  Just let the pros do the job and relax; that is what you pay them for–labor is written into the stained glass pricing.

DO:  Stick Around.  For the most part, stained glass window installations are one day jobs.  It obviously depends on the size and scope of your job, but for the most part, even if the project extends a few days, you will be able to stay in your home while it is ongoing.

DON’T:  Let your pet run around.  Just like humans, pets can be huge distractions during installs and they are is not safe for them to be in.  While for the most part, everything we bring in with us is safe, we are still dealing with glass here and adhesives are notoriously sticky!

DO: Contact us with any questions or concerns.  The stained glass window you bought for your Austin home is your pet project and something you paid good money for.  So, if you have any questions or maybe are concerned about something, in particular, reach out to us at Stained Glass Austin.  We want everything about this experience to be positive so you have pleasant of memories of a quality install along with your heirloom quality stained glass windows.

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