Ideas for Decorating with Stained Glass in Your Austin Home

Posted May 11th, 2017 by Martin Faith
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Decorating your home can be quite the challenge. From colors and patterns to fabrics and finishes, there’s so much to consider when it comes to interior design. Want to know one way you can really make your plans come together? Add a stained glass window to your Austin home!

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Stained Glass Hail Repair For Your Colorado Home

Posted May 10th, 2017 by Martin Faith

Hail Storm Property Damage In Colorado

The sound of hail is one that haunts anyone who has lived in Colorado for even a short amount of time. What starts with a tiny tink-tink-tink outside your windows turns into an angry hollow plunk-plunk-plunk on your car, your siding and even your windows. Hail damage to anything that sits unprotected under the Colorado Sky. If you are someone who knows what we are talking about, you too have probably had one or many pieces of property damaged by hail.

Hail Damage To Stained Glass Windows In Colorado

One item you may have that you do not realize is either suspectable to hail damage or able to be repaired after hail damage is stained glass. This type of window, although extremely durable, can suffer damage from the intense work of mother nature–hail, window, ice, and snow. Once damaged, the structural integrity of the glass is compromised and must be repaired as soon as possibly to ensure no further damage occurs. This is where Scottish Stained Glass comes in. Stained glass repair and restoration from hail, wind and just the general fading from time is our specialty. We are able to remove, repair, replace and re-lead the broken panels, with a perfect color match every time. What’s more, we’ve got you covered when the next hail storm happens, and it will because we are able to install a protective exterior to stop your windows from being damaged again.

Colorado’s Stained Glass Hail Repair Specialists

If you have a stained glass window and your home got hit pretty hard this last hail storm your stained glass window could be damaged as well. The best thing to do is inspect your window if you can or Scottish Stained Glass to come out and inspect it for you. We are Colorado’s stained glass experts and we can take care of your glass better than all the rest. Contact us today for a free estimate on the cost of stained glass repair, restoration or replacement.

Stained Glass For The Modern Age

Posted May 9th, 2017 by Martin Faith

Stained Glass Windows As Art

When most people think of stained glass they likely immediately associated it with churches–and they wouldn’t be amiss. Probably the next most popular applications in the mind of the general public are the victorian or craftsman era of design. In fact, many people who own a home built in one of those periods have antique stained glass somewhere in their house already. This is because during those eras designers like Frank Lloyd Wright made the connection between home decor and stained glass and happily the “new” tradition continues in decor today. At Scottish Stained Glass we are happy to carry on the work of a design genius such as Frank Lloyd Wright and others who so heavily influenced the stained glass we see on homes today.

Frank Lloyd Wright Inspired Transom Window By Scottish Stained Glass

Practical Reasons For Stained Glass

While stained glass is without a doubt a stunning work of art is often called a “practical art”, as it’s an extremely versatile medium and can be customized to suit nearly any design style or taste.  In the modern era we live in, it can be used in almost any room in the in a house (bathroom, kitchen, living room, entryway) and used functionally as a room divider or fireplace screen. It is a true workhorse, functioning as both art and as a practical solution for privacy issues.
Some additional reasons why you might consider installing stained glass:
• Stained glass is a beautiful privacy option– especially useful for spaces like bathrooms or bedrooms.
• Stained glass can block an unattractive view like a vacant lot or a close neighbor
• Stained glass can express your personal tastes and act as a centerpiece for a design overhaul.
No matter where you put a stained glass window, you are sure to enjoy the elegance it provides. In fact, like most of our customers, you will probably find reasons to fall in love with it all over again day in and day out.

If you live in Colorado and are considering a stained glass window to brighten your decor, contact Scottish Stained glass today and let’s get going an heirloom quality piece of glass for you and your family to enjoy for generations to come!

 

Stained Glass Brings Beauty & Value to Denver Area Mountain Homes & Cabins

Posted May 4th, 2017 by Martin Faith
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If you’re like many of the families living in Colorado who owns a summer home or cabin in the mountains, then you know the joys and relaxation that come from being outdoors. But did you that there’s an easy way to enhance the aesthetics, privacy, and lighting of your special space? Stained glass can bring incredible beauty and value to your Denver area mountain home or cabin.

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Exploring the Stained Glass Ceiling in the Fort Collins Northern Hotel

Posted May 4th, 2017 by Martin Faith
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The Northern Hotel in Fort Collins has been the attraction of tourists visiting the upper region of Colorado for years. Famous actors and celebrities such as John Wayne and Franklin D Roosevelt have frequented its grounds since its original opening in 1873. But the hotel is known for more than just its impressive guest list. Beautiful stained glass panels, including a large in the ceiling of the Fort Collins hotel are the highlights of this incredible piece of historic architecture.

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Houston’s Hidden Stained Glass Treasures

Posted May 4th, 2017 by Martin Faith
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Many people are familiar with Houston’s historic architecture and iconic skyscrapers. But did you know that Houston is also home to another treasure? Beautiful stained glass windows are hidden throughout the city in Houston’s residential, religious, and commercial buildings. We decided to take a look further into these hidden gems tucked away in the Magnolia City to see what exactly we could find.

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The Stained Glass Walls of the Prairiefire Museum in Kansas City

Posted May 4th, 2017 by Martin Faith
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In 2014, the Museum at Prairiefire opened its doors with the mission to provide access and information to the public about natural history and science related topics. While the opening of the museum was anticipated for years by locals, the architecture came as surprise to many. The Prairiefire Museum has an exterior that’s hard to look away from. Beautiful stained glass panels line the walls of the museum, bringing awe and joy to its Kansas City visitors.

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Great Churches of the World: San Fernando Cathedral in San Antonio

Posted May 4th, 2017 by Martin Faith
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The San Fernando Cathedral was founded in the year 1731 and is home to the oldest religious community in Texas. Those who visit the church are able to observe the quintessential features of Gothic architecture, marvelous stained glass windows, and a piece of history important to the identity of San Antonio.

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Church Stained Glass Restoration Process Austin

Posted May 3rd, 2017 by Martin Faith
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Although most of our clients come to us for new stained glass windows, many of them also ask about our restoration services. It’s not uncommon for Austin churches to require stained glass restoration due to the heat and humidity that can be experienced in Texas. At Scottish Stained Glass, we have a very specific process for stained glass restoration. To help you gain a better idea of our methods and services, we’ve provided the following information to prepare you for your restoration project.
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5 Beautiful Church Stained Glass Windows in Salt Lake City

Posted April 27th, 2017 by Martin Faith
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Salt Lake City contains one of the largest religious populations in the country. For this reason, it also boasts some of the most of the most beautiful and diverse religious architecture in the world. Located within these buildings are stunning sculptures, historic artifacts, marvelous paintings, and more. But perhaps one of the most magnificent aspects of Salt Lake City churches are the stained glass windows.

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Exploring the Mystery Behind Church Stained Glass Windows

Posted April 27th, 2017 by Martin Faith
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Some historians believe that the tradition of making stained glass goes back as far early Egyptian times. Colored beads of glass were used to create necklaces, bracelets, and other forms of jewelry.This form of art then evolved into the stained glass windows that we now see in churches throughout the world.

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The History of the World’s Oldest Antique Stained Glass Windows

Posted April 25th, 2017 by Martin Faith
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The Augsburg Cathedral is a Roman Catholic church located in Bavaria, Germany. Hidden within its walls are a mysterious treasure that is an important part of the history of mankind. The cathedral contains what are believed to be the world’s oldest antique stained glass windows.
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Greene & Greene Stained Glass Is Just The Thing For Spring!

Posted April 18th, 2017 by Martin Faith
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Greene and Greene Style Stained Glass

The average person may not have heard of Greene and Greene but almost everyone has seen their work. The Greene brothers had an unmistakable style that often referenced nature and seemed to speak to people’s sense of unity with nature. This natural theme was one that was expressed frequently and beautifully in their furnishings and home accents. Their work is easy to pick out and even easier to match to almost any home from modern to craftsman and something worth considering for stained glass in your home.

Characteristics of Greene and Greene

As we mentioned, Greene and Greene’s style has a remarkably distinct appearance. They often focused on nature and incorporated such subjects as flowers, trees, and vines into their work. They have a distinct Asain influence in their work, which can be attributed to their time spent in California as master craftsmen. One gorgeous feature they were prone to using was copper foil, which created a wonderful iridescent effect on their work. It also happens to be one we mimic using tastefully iridescent stained glass pieces in our stained glass windows.

Greene and Greene Stained Glass For Your Home

Greene and Greene’s stained glass is a very popular request we get from our customers everywhere in the country, and it is not surprising or daunting to us in the least. We are able to create Greene and Greene’s style stained glass using warm copper and sage colors and by using captivating natural theme designs. These windows will stand out in any room, are great conversation starters and should be considered as centerpieces for your interior design. The great part about Greene and Greene style stained glass windows is they fit so well into any room in your house: kitchens, bathrooms, and entryways alike.

Denver’s Stained Glass Experts

Making stained glass is an art form and one we at Scottish Stained Glass excel at. When working in the style of such great masters, it is important to hire a master yourself. Which is why Scottish should be your go to stained glass company. We have over 25 years of experience, a wide body of work and a stunning portfolio for your review. Our windows are not only beautiful but durable as well. Two qualities you need in a stained glass window. Contact us and allow us to set up a free design consultation for you and get started on a Greene and Greene masterpiece for your home today!

Wyoming Stained Glass Restoration

Posted February 23rd, 2017 by Martin Faith

Scottish Stained Glass is proud to provide religious communities throughout the state of Wyoming with high quality stained glass windows. We design and create stained glass for all denominations and buildings, including churches, cathedrals, temples, mosques, and synagogues. Our stained glass is created with the highest level of care and precision and therefore is both stunning and highly durable. When you work with Scottish, you will receive windows that can last hundreds of years and provide your members with a beautiful and delightful place of worship.

Our Most Recent Project in Wyoming

Scottish Stained Glass recently had the pleasure of working with one of Wyoming’s most charming and passionate religious communities. We were thrilled when the members reached out to us and invited us to be a part of the project for their church. Working with them to create something beautiful and meaningful for their community was a very rewarding experience.

The Design Process

After working out all of the logistical details for the Wyoming project, we began the design process. Accompanied by one of our most talented designers, Martin Faith, the owner of Scottish Stained Glass, traveled to Wyoming where he met with the owners of the church. Our designer then proceeded to draft a series of hand drawings for each of the windows that we would create. About 15 drafts were generated per window before a final design was settled on. We also later journeyed back to the church so the committee could choose glass samples on site.

The Results: Forever Elegant Stained Glass

We understand the value and importance that churches have to the community. Therefore, when we work on religious projects, we put extra heart and effort into our work. The Wyoming project allowed us to exercise both our creativity and technical knowledge. And it gave us the opportunity to create a meaningful relationship with members of the community. In the end, we were able to produce stained glass that would provide the church with beauty and elegance for hundreds of years and bring joy to their members.

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If you’re interested in learning more about our project in Wyoming or would like to speak to someone about stained glass designs for your church, please contact our office. We will be more than happy to provide you with the information you are looking for or answer any questions you may have.

Our Stained Glass Remodeling & Renovation Process

Posted February 9th, 2017 by Martin Faith
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Though many people know us for our ability to build new stained glass windows, we’re also able to repair aging or antique stained glass as well. Stained glass remodeling and renovation offers a way to restore worn or damaged glass to its original beauty. But it must be done with a high level of care and precision since glass is indeed a fragile substance.
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Traditional Church Stained Glass With A Modern Twist

Posted January 27th, 2017 by Martin Faith

A Stunning 20th Century Church Stained Glass Masterpiece

hile the popularity of stained glass spans centuries, in the last 100 years there has been a resurgence of interest and application of stained glass on homes and churches worldwide. Additionally, even the best stained glass windows, especially in ancient cathedrals, need to be replaced. These two factors open the door for new emerging artists to come into their own and prove themselves masters of their craft. One such church is Grossmünster in Zurich, Switzerland and one such artist is Sigmar Polke.

Sigmar Polke is an acclaimed German painter and photographer. Throughout his career, he is known to have experimented with a variety of materials, styles and subject matter. In the case of Grossmünster church, he used a particularly unique style which appears to be almost a mix of Abstract and Art Nouveau. Material wise, he made the very smart decision to use cross-sections of semi-precious stones, giving the windows a sparkling gem-like quality when hit by the light. All together Sigmar Polke created 13 stained glass windows for the cathedral in Grossmünster church with styles ranging from purely abstract to figurative. As you can see, and as it is widely agreed, the results are stunning.

Scottish Stained Glass: The Stained Glass Experts

At Scottish Stained glass, stained glass is our passion. We love what we do and it shows in the quality of work. Over the past 20 years, we have created thousands of masterpieces for homes, churches, cathedrals, mosques and more. We are able to create and fit nearly any window perfectly with stained, leaded, frosted or beveled glass. We also have numerous locations countrywide and will be happy to give you a free quote. Contact us today for more information and to schedule a free consultation with one of our experts.

The History of Charles Rennie Mackintosh Stained Glass

Posted January 25th, 2017 by Martin Faith
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Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an architect, painter, and stained glass artisan from Glasgow, Scotland. He was born in 1868 as the fourth oldest of a large family that had 11 children total. At the young age of 15, Charles began attending evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art. A year later, he became apprentice to a local architect by the name of John Hutchinson.
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The Scottish Stained Glass Guide to Church Stained Glass Restoration

Posted January 19th, 2017 by Martin Faith
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Do you have a stained glass window in your church or temple that needs repairs? This helpful guide will introduce you to topics such as how to find a restoration company, signs of deterioration, and what to expect for the restoration process.
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The Beautiful Tradition Of Scottish Stained Glass

Posted January 17th, 2017 by Martin Faith

 

Historical Scottish Stained Glass

 
Deep in the Edinburgh National Museum, nestled artfully at the end of a long hallway full of some of Scotland’s most prized relics, hangs a towering window which, at first glance may not even catch your attention. But if the viewer stops for a good look and finds the stunning beauty of this prize window soon becomes apparent. A museum is the perfect resting place for such an intricately crafted stained glass window such as this, by one of Scotland’s leading stained glass artist–Douglas Strachan, whose many works include the north window of the High Kirk of Saint Giles and The National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle.
 
The reclaimed piece was once a window on Montrose Old Parish Kirk, Angus and represents the intricate craftsmanship and lasting beauty of stained glass. This piece truly represents the distinct religious stained glass style near the end of the Victorian era. The beautiful meandering leading and prominent depiction of realistic figurines speak to its well-deserved place among history’s finest. While the stained glass of today may be drastically different in style and subject matter, the pure staying power of such a beauty never goes out of vogue.
 

Modern Scottish Stained Glass & Denver’s Stained Glass Expert

At Scottish Stained Glass we pride ourselves in carrying on a stained glass tradition that goes back many hundreds of years. We create our windows with the same attention to detail as the old masters, using traditional and modern techniques to make stained glass that will last for generations. We not only build custom stained glass windows for homes in the Denver/Metro area, we also do church stained glass restoration and repair. Since we understand the value of precious relics, like a decades or even centuries old chapel stained glass, we treat it with the corresponding respect. Choosing a company like Scottish Stained Glass is imperative to ensure quality craftsmanship and a long life for your windows. Properly constructed or restored stained glass window will last 80-100 years before needing more attention. We have 25 years of experience in the stained glass vocation and we are a stained glass contractor you can trust. For more information on custom or restored stained glass contact us today!

The Glorious History Of Stained Glass Windows

Posted January 11th, 2017 by Martin Faith

Stained glass is an art form and an old one at that. While the exact origins of stained glass are not illuminated from historical texts, we can be sure that an archaic form of stained glass was in use by the 6th century. As with many pieces of artwork, stained and leaded were a direct result of a need for function rather than a desire for artwork. We can deduct that stained glass was come upon gradually when the making of glass was still in its infancy. Larger pieces of glass were hard to stabilize. In an effort to fit bigger pieces of glass in larger windows, and keep them secured, first holes were bored in wood and filled with glass bits, then rustic frames were constructed and eventually lattice and leading similar to what we see today began making an appearance. By the ninth century, glass on the windows of architectural structures had been well refined and used quite frequently. At the same time, lead strips used to join panels of glass became very popular. The earliest surviving examples are fragments from: Kloster Lorsch in Germany (9th century) “The Head Of Christ” And The Augsburg Cathedral (late 11th C. or early 12th C.) “Five Prophets Windows” Since the time of these beautiful, but crude early creations, the art of stained glass has incrementally become more sophisticated. Old gothic techniques were blended with new glass pigment breakthroughs and more and more stunning pieces popped up not only in Europe but in the middle east on mosques as well. Century after century saw new advances and more increasingly majestic works of stained and leaded glass artwork. Eventually, stained glass making turned into a form of painting on the glass itself as if it were a fresco and we see the “stained glass” of the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries as more painterly imagery. However, with the advent of the Gothic Revival Period in the 1840’s there was a rediscovery of the Gothic process for blowing sheet glass which fortunately had been carefully documented. Stained glass similar to the very old stye of construction began resurging. The newly discovered “old” tradition is seen often in the Victorian period and continues today with use by relatively recent architects including Antonio Gaudi, Charles Mackintosh and Frank Loyd Wright. At Scottish Stained Glass we are proud to carry on the long and glorious stained glass craftwork. Although the techinques and materials have changed quite a bit since those early days, the desire to make something beautiful and lasting never go out of style. If you are looking for a stained glass window to become and instant heirloom in your house, contact us today!

A Hidden Piece Of Architectural History in Kansas City

Posted January 11th, 2017 by Martin Faith

Frank Llyod Wright’s Kansas City Masterpiece

At Scottish Stained glass, works of art, stained glass or otherwise, are what inspire us day to day. Take for instance a historical gem hidden deep in one of our largest market cities: Kansas City. Lying low amid a bustling single family home neighborhood is an unassuming but spectacular church building on the corner of 46th street and Main. While the beauty and individuality of the church are evident upon first glance, the very famous architect of this unassuming chapel may not be. When in fact, The Community Christian Church building, in the heart of the Kansas suburbs, was designed by no other than Frank Lloyd Wright himself. The congregation of the church has been around since the 1890’s, but after the destruction of their building by fire, in 1939, the design and construction of this new church building, under the direction of Frank Lloyd Wright, went underway in 1940. His mission “to build the church of the future”, was realized in 1942.

The hallmark design style of the Frank Lloyd Wright is still very evident today. A geometric interior roof paneling and a stylized hallway gate whisper of Frank’s touch.

While the geometric exterior and bold auditorium seats speak more loudly in the distinct design voice of the great American architect.

Although there is no stained glass on the original structure, one can find a lovely piece of Frank Lloyd style stained glass sitting unpretentiously on the square add-on building protruding from the Hexagon section. These windows, although not designed by Wright himself, do justice to his exquisite style. With so much history by such a famous designer, this quiet church will be forever an icon for Frank Lloyd Wright admirers worldwide and a must visit for any true fan of his work.

Kansas City’s Stained Glass Experts

As stained glass artists, it’s treasures like, a community church with stunning details tucked away in an unassuming neighborhood, that keep us motivated. We work hard on our customer’s stained glass, large or small to make them beautiful for the sake of beauty–much like the master himself. We emulate the Frank Lloyd Wright style and have a deep appreciation for simple beauty, as did he. If you are looking for a stained glass window and like the Frank Lloyd Wright style, contact us today. We will do a free consultation and get you on your way to having a little piece of classic beauty in your home or church.

Why Our Computer Aided Stained Glass Design Process Provides Great Results for Our Clients

Posted January 10th, 2017 by Martin Faith

At Scottish Stained Glass, we work hard to ensure that our stained glass is created to the highest level of perfection possible. Over the years, we’ve fine tuned our techniques and developed a very specific and thorough method for designing stained glass. That’s why we use a computer aided process to design all of our panels. We believe that this helps to eliminate the chance of mistakes or defects in the design and the window itself, ultimately resulting in a superior product.
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The Hidden Stained Glass Gem of Santiago de Compostela Cathedral

Posted January 10th, 2017 by Martin Faith

Santiago de Compostela Cathedral’s Stained Glass Masterpiece

Pilgrims on their way to one of the most famous cathedrals in Spain, Santiago de Compostela, are a common sight, especially in the Summer. Whether from piety or a sense of adventure, each year many people in Europe begin a long pre-determined pilgrimage that ends at this mixed era gem of a church. The Santiago de Compostela we see today is very different than the humble chapel first constructed as early as 7th century. Throughout the years the there have been Romanesque, Gothic and even Baroque additions made to the structure. Additions including but not limited to a stunning stained glass window, hidden away in the rich historical church today.

Unlike many churches, there is very little stained glass in the famed Santiago Cathedral. On a small part of the interior, buried deep among the many awe-inspiring architectural features, there is an iconic and gorgeous stained glass window, depicting a holy person on a chair. It towers above the viewer in a majestic manner with no pretense of intimidation, but rather a burst of stained glass magnificence. Because of the scarcity of stained glass features, the window truly stands out and allows the viewer a refreshing change up from the abundant stone and tile work throughout. It is truly a sight to behold and reason enough for one to visit this historically rich church.

Colorado’s Stained Glass Experts

It is small snippets of history like the stained glass in the Santiago de Compostela that inspire us at Scottish Stained Glass. While our windows are more practical and suited for ubiquitous applications, our adherence to old school traditions and quality are the same. When we take on a stained glass commission, whether for home or church, we have the highest standards of techniques both traditional and modern to create a timeless work of art. If you are looking to add stained glass to your home, chapel or church, contact Scottish Stained Glass for a free consultation. Our 25 years of experience and appreciation for the intricacies of artful stained glass design make us Colorado’s stained glass expert. Our high quality stained glass windows are instant classics and will be enjoyed by your family or parishioners for years to come!

Denver’s Most Historic Stained Glass Cathedral

Posted December 27th, 2016 by Martin Faith

Beautiful stained glass in Denver, Colorado

Nestled in the heart of the Capital Hill neighborhood, no more than a stone’s throw away from the hustle and bustle of the very modern downtown Denver, is a beautiful relic of past–Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. The spires of the cathedral rise high and stoic against the backdrop of Colfax avenue. The contrast of the almost gothic architecture is strange but interesting against the urban backdrop of the Denver city center. This gorgeous Denver landmark is well known to residents. Built from Colorado granite at the turn of the 20th century, it is truly a hallmark of Colorado craftsmanship. Interestingly enough, the church has been struck twice during its nearly hundred year tenure as one of Denver’s most prominent cathedrals but one would be want to see any evidence of damage remaining.

The most remarkable features of the cathedral are arguably the impressive stained glass windows that cover both front and sides of the massive structure. Considered some the finest in the world, there are 75 windows worthy of admiration. The windows were carefully crafted by F.X. Zettler, whose cathedral stained glass window portfolio was vast and well known. He was perhaps most well known for his one-of-a-kind glass colors and dyes. The stained glass on the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception was no easy task. It took 50 artisans to craft the windows we see today, as gorgeous now as they were a century ago. By some estimates, the transept window alone would cost over $500,000 in today’s market.

Scottish Stained Glass: Denver’s Stained Glass Experts

At Scottish Stained Glass we have appreciation and respect for beautiful works of stained glass windows in Denver and around the world. We create and repair stained glass on churches, cathedrals, chapels, homes and businesses alike, always with the utmost of care and respect for the historical value. Keeping your stained glass in good repair is the key to longevity. Once restored, stained glass can go another 80-100 years before needing to be serviced again. If you have stained glass windows and would like to find out more about stained glass care or schedule a free consultation for repair, contact us today!

Great Churches of the World: Sainte-Chapelle

Posted December 4th, 2016 by Martin Faith
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From the 10th century to the 16th century, the most popular form of pictorial art were stained glass windows. Stained glass from this time period typically featured brilliant red, blue, and green hues, involved techniques such as flashing, and the application of paint and silver stain was incredibly common. Now this style has been mostly abandoned by modern artisans, but the windows created from this time period continue to remain awe-inspiring works of art, attracting tourists and connoisseurs from around the world.
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The World’s Largest Stained Glass Window

Posted November 16th, 2016 by Martin Faith
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According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest stained glass window in the world resides in Justice, Illinois. The window is located in Resurrection Cemetery which is most popularly known for being the haunting site of Resurrection Mary, a hitchhiking ghost that hangs out at the cemetery’s gate. But this mausoleum is more than just a spooky tourist attraction. It’s an example of beautiful architecture that houses some of the finest art in Illinois. The building was constructed in 1969 by an architectural firm that still has offices today in Chicago and Los Angeles.
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Finish Your Basement Right With Stained Glass Windows

Posted November 14th, 2016 by Martin Faith

Stained Glass Basement Windows

Windows in basements are great for allowing in a small bit of natural light and making the basement a more comfortable homey atmosphere. But let’s face it, the view from a basement window is never all that great. Nobody wants to look out of a window, basement or otherwise, and get a view of a concrete window well or a ground level view of their own yard. This is especially true if you have taken the time to refinish your basement and are trying to make it that much more of a livable space. A solution to ugly basement window views is the addition of stained glass. Without a doubt the best way to add to the decor of your refinished basement while at the same time blocking unsightly window wells is a custom designed, custom fit, stained glass windows for your basement.

Scottish Stained Glass: The Basement Stained Glass Expert

Whether you have an idea in mind for your basement windows that you would like to refine or would like to have a custom design to match your basement’s decor, Scottish Stained Glass has the services you need. We offer over 600 color options to our customers and have in-house designers to help you with the design process from start to finish. We know how important it is to keep the natural light shining into your basement, so we also offer a large variety of clear textured and frosted glass as well. Scottish Stained Glass employs only the highest quality stained glass craftsmen, so your custom windows will come precision fit to your individual windows–meaning no drafts come winter. We believe in combining the old world traditions with the latest stained glass innovations, resulting in the best looking, longest lasting stained glass around. With over two decades of experience creating and installing stained glass windows, we are the best in the biz! Contact us today for a free consultation about adding that finishing touch to your basement and see the difference experience makes!

The World’ Most Beautiful Stained Glass Windows Part 4

Posted November 12th, 2016 by Martin Faith

Those who came to the “New World”  brought with  them traditions, styles, and ideas from around the world, creating a wonderful collage of ideas and aesthetics.   Stained glass is one of those elements of style we inherited from across the pond.  Stained glass windows  grace the structure of  many churches in the United States; some even stand out as the world’s finest.  The stained glass in the chapels of the U.S. bear more of  a resemblance to the windows we see in old world Europe, but true to the spirit of the ingenuity of American people, these windows are in a blended style all our own. Take for instance the Windows of the Chapel of Thanksgiving, Dallas, Texas.  The abstract pattern of glass panes is similar in style to those in South America, while the rising spiral is reminiscent or Moorish architecture.   These two seemingly opposite styles blend beautiful and are only further elevated by the use of strongly European colors.

We see a much more traditional chapel stained glass on The Temple Emanu-El in New York City.  On the glass itself, we see patterns and styles that mirror  ancient  Jewish Synagogue art, housed in arches that are familiarly Roman Cathedral-like.  This Temple elegantly reflects the face of the City of New York itself, a beautiful city painted bright by diversity.

 

 

Stained glass is as much a part of the fabric of America as the diversity of people.  While stained glass may mean different things to different religions and people, they are treasures to all and as such must be cherished and preserved.  These truths are something Scottish Stained Glass takes to heart. Since we work in stained glass restoration, stained glass construction, and stained glass repair, we understand the value of these precious relics. We have restored, repaired and built stained glass in Utah and the rest of the United States for decades and our passion for all things stained glass shows. If you are looking for stained glass repair, restoration or construction and live in Park City, Lehi, Summit Park or anywhere else in the Salt Lake City area contact us today for a free consultation. When it comes to stained glass we are Utah’s  premier restoration, repair and manufacturing company and you will see the difference experience makes when you work with us.

The World’s Most Beautiful Stained Glass Part 3

Posted November 12th, 2016 by Martin Faith

The Middle East and even some parts of North Africa are some of the oldest still intact windows in the world. As beautiful as they are ancient, they represent stories and sometimes even lessons from different religions.  While the symbols and  religious significance may vary, one common thread in these windows is the intensely respectful  dedication to the art of form; fine craftsmanship being ubiquitous among them.    The tradition of religious stained glass windows being the peak of glass art expression transferred easily to the new world.  South America can make a case for some of the finest crafted stained glass windows the world.   The Cathedral of Maringa in Brazil is a shinning example of an absolutely stunning feat of glasswork work , and one in a markedly different style and tone than that of the old world.  As pictured below, the bright colors seem to rise, almost towering over the viewer in a color pallet akin to the bright foliage of the Amazon River Valley, pulling eyes upward in a prayerful gaze towards heaven.     Another South American stunner, he Santuario Dom Bosco in Brazil, is unlike any other stained glass you have ever seen.  The monochromatic magnificence of the cathedral stained glass windows bathe the chapel in ethereal azure light, giving it nothing less than a deeply moving ambiance.  Again, in the spirit of the new world, this religious stained glass makes use of abstract, almost Picassoesque shapes in sharp contrast to the old world tradition of literal figures.

 

 

Where ever stained glass is found, church, chapel or synagogue, the artistic and spiritual value is there.  These precious works of art and remembrance are of the utmost importance to keeping our history preserved.  These truths are something Scottish Stained Glass takes to heart. Since we work in stained glass restoration, stained glass construction, and stained glass repair, we understand the value of these precious relics. We have restored, repaired and built stained glass in Kansas for decades and our passion for all things stained glass shows. If you are looking for stained glass repair, restoration or construction and live in Parkville, Overland Park, Olathe, Prairie Village, Leawood or anywhere else in the Kansas City/Metro area, contact us today for a free consultation. When it comes to stained glass we are Kansas’s premier restoration, repair and manufacturing company and you will see the difference experience makes when you work with us.

The World’s Most Beautiful Stained Glass Part 2

Posted November 9th, 2016 by Martin Faith

The stained glass windows in Europe, namely, Italy, France, England and Belgium are truly sights to behold. The colors, texutres and patterns are a hallmark of a bygone gothic and medevil eras. These illuminted works of art tell us a story in ways only the eyes can understand. However, stained glass spans many more centuries and geographies besides Europe. The Middle East is actually home to many awe inspiring works of stained glass housed in mosques. The iconography in these windows in obviously much different but ancient none the less. The Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque, also known as the “pink mosque” is a shining expample of exemplirary age old symbols on stained glass. While the mosque itself was built in the 1800’s the patterns and symbols are some of the oldest on record. As the picture below shows, the mosque includes brightly stained glass in its facade and traditional elements such as the Panj Kāse (“five concaved”) design.

Just as the Nasir Al-Mulk Mosque is known as the pink mosque, the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Turkey is known, as the blue mosque for much the same reason–blue colored tile surrounding its stained glass. The Blue Mosque, constructed between 1609 and 1616 contains Ahmed’s tomb, a madrasah and a hospice. It is said, at night the mosque is bathed in blue as moonlight from the stained glass windows floods the mosque’s five great domes.

These mosques are wonderful examples of the how stained glass varies from religion to religion and from location to location but it’s breathtaking beauty stays the same. Scottish Stained Glass appreciates the beauty and history of these ancient stained glass windows. Since we work in stained glass restoration, stained glass construction, and stained glass repair, we understand the value of these precious relics. We have restored, repaired and built stained glass in Texas for decades and our passion for all things stained glass shows. If you are looking for stained glass repair, restoration or construction and live in the Denver, Aurora, Fort Collins or Colorado Springs area, contact us today for a free consultation. When it comes to stained glass we are Colorado’s premier restoration, repair and manufacturing company and you will see the difference experience makes when you work with us.

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