America’s Most Amazing Church Stained Glass Part 6: Trinity Lutheran Church To Dallas Love Airport

Posted February 23rd, 2019 by ssgadmin

Repurposing Church Stained Glass Windows

As stained glass restorers here in Texas, our goal is always to get a beautiful stained glass, rich with history returned to its former glory within the church itself.  As it turns out, sometimes church stained glass is not able to be restored in the church itself–in cases where the church is being torn down. A good example of this is the stained glass that once adorned the Trinity Lutheran in Old East Dallas. To the people in the Dallas community, the glass, although old and tarnished, held a deep spot in their hearts and we could not be happier what the city of Dallas City cultural officials chose to do with it.

Stained Glass Church Restoration and Relocation In Fort Worth

In 2013 when the Trinity Lutheran Church in Old East Dallas was being demolished, city officials announced a surprising plan–to repurpose and restore the glass. The magnificent blue and turquoise panels, created by DALLAS ARTIST OCTAVIO MEDELLIN were removed from the church and restored by Michael Van Enter to their former luster but, since the church was no longer standing, the glass instead was suspended in four sections in front of ticketing hall windows ticketing at Dallas Love Field airport.  Now, this lovely church glass has a whole new lease on life and one the entire community can enjoy.

Church Stained Glass In Dallas For All Walks Of Life

Due to the forethought of some civic-minded people in Dallas, St Lutheran’s church stained glass has a whole new lease on life and one the entire community can enjoy. While the glass is not exactly the same and perhaps lost some of its ethereal qualities, it still brings beauty and joy to the world, while in its own way preserving history.  

Stained Glass Preservation For The All To Enjoy

Each day here at Scottish Stained Glass, we feel amazed that our job is to do similar work keeping stained glass artwork alive for the next generation.  As we restore church windows and create new ones, it is also our hope, that one day our creations will get the same preservation for decades to come. For more information on church stained glass restoration here in Fort Worth, around the state of Texas or across the US, contact Scottish Stained Glass today!  

America’s Most Amazing Stained Glass Part 5: Prince of Peace Episcopal Church In Fort Collins

Posted February 23rd, 2019 by ssgadmin

Historic Church Stained Glass Restoration In Fort Collins

Many of the churches and especially church stained glass restorations we have profiled here are on large looming windows in spectacularly adorned churches. But stained glass windows can be worth restoring in chapels even if they are small and seem insignificant. A church that reminds us that what you see is not what always what lies beneath years of dirt and grim on vintage church stained glass is the lovely but simple restoration of Prince of Peace Episcopal church near Fort Collins, Colorado in a little place called Sterling. A shining example of a community coming together to restore a church that means something to them. The results of this church stained glass restoration are amazing and you truly wouldn’t know the stained glass they ended up with was ever so bold and brilliant–but truly it was a tiny masterpiece.

 

Stained Glass Church Restoration In Fort Collins: A Community Affair

It took over three years to restore the historic stained glass window in Sterling’s Prince of Peace Episcopal Church really got underway. There was a fair amount of bowing and crumbling wooden tracery that held the stained glass pieces in place. But, after a grant Colorado State Historical Fund in 2013 and then another one in 2015, and then a final grant a bit later, the 100-year-old window created by renowned regional artisan Carl Reichhardt of Greeley, came back to life and was once even featured on “Craftsman’s Legacy — The Stained Glassmakers”, a PBS  TV series.

 

Church Stained Glass And Restoration Near You In Fort Collins

While it may have taken years to get the stained glass windows on this church where they needed to be and in a condition to last another 100 years, it was well worth the effort. This restoration was in large part possible due to historical grants and people, who like us at Scottish Stained Glass in Fort Collins, believe religious stained glass is worth preserving. Each day here at Scottish Stained Glass In, we feel lucky that we get to do amazing work to keep stained glass artwork alive for the next generation. As we restore church windows and create new ones, it is also our hope, that one day our works of art will be kept up and restored too! For more information on church stained glass restoration here in Fort Collins, around the state of Colorado or across the US, contact Scottish Stained Glass today!

America’s Most Amazing Church Stained Glass Part 4: St. Fidelis Catholic Church In Kansas

Posted February 23rd, 2019 by ssgadmin

Historic Church Stained Glass In Victoria Kansas

Some church stained glass has religious significance, some historical value, some artistic splendor–many all three. But as we profile churches across the country, one chapel that stands out for its deep historical roots in Kansas and commitment to keeping that history alive is the St. Fidelis Catholic Church In Victoria. Since we restore stained glass ourselves, we have a deep appreciation and respect for just how hard this church worked to keep its windows intact and looking breathtaking. A perfect example of a major church stained glass restoration that was perfectly executed, this church is truly something to behold!

St. Fidelis Catholic Church In Victoria

An old, historic and awe-inspiring church lies just west of the Mississippi River on the Kansas side called St. Fidelis Catholic Church but is referred to by locals as the Cathedral of the Plains. But this church certainly doesn’t look vintage because the restoration work it has endured. A wonderful church with rich stained glass history, this church stained glass restoration is simply amazing. In 2013, a little over 100 years after the church was first dedicated in 1911, a major restoration took place. The hallmark windows, two twin 140 twin towers of stained glass and other windows. The restoration was funded by church members and locals wanting to preserve this invaluable piece of Kansas history. The stained glass repair cost about $150,000 but today, the windows are valued at over $1 million and frankly, they look the part.

Church Stained Glass And Restoration Near You

Of course, to the members and the community, the restoration was never about the money, but rather, keeping these windows, invaluable to Kansas history and culture intact for the next generation. This is the same reason we love stained glass restoration. In fact, each day here at Scottish Stained Glass In Dallas we get to do amazing work to keep stained glass artwork alive for the next generation. As we restore church windows and create new ones, we also hope that one day our labors of love with also be kept up and restored for hundreds of year to come. For more information on church stained glass restoration here in Kansas City, around the states of Kansas and Missouri or across the country, contact Scottish Stained Glass today!

America’s Most Amazing Church Stained Glass Part 3: Grace United Methodist Church In Dallas

Posted February 23rd, 2019 by ssgadmin

Church Stained Glass That Is Vibrant and Diverse

One thing that has always intrigued us here at Scottish Stained Glass In Dallas is the symbolism of stained glass and how it can be used to enlighten the world. While it is true that stained glass in churches is very much an art form, it is also very functional–especially in light of its symbolism. A church here in Dallas, that exemplifies these artistic and instructive elements of church stained glass is Grace United Methodist. This welcoming body and their church stained glass are our inspiration for this stained glass church profile.

Grace United Methodist Church In Dallas

The absolutely stunning Grace United Methodist Church in Dallas, Tx was built in 1903 and is a registered Dallas Landmark for good reason–it is a pillar of the community historically, religiously and artistically. In regards to their awe-inspiring stained glass windows, Grace United Methodist Church’s window style matches their philosophy–”a story of faith–one piece at a time.” This church has been through many changes throughout the years but through it all the congregation has maintained their Christian philosophy of inclusion–a sentiment which is reflected on their stained glass windows. Windows whose bright hues and ornate glasswork beautifully tells a loving story Christ and his teachings. The mix of colors and characters on the windows, while aesthetically astounding, are symbolic of diversity and acceptance and something truly outstanding to behold.

Church Stained Glass Restoration: A Fulfilling Job Worth Doing

For over 100 years, Grace United Methodist Church has been showing, through its actions and stained glass, how important inclusion is. This is another reason why we love stained glass– its ability to be magnificent for the eyes and the soul. At Scottish Stained Glass In Dallas, each day of work brings us more joy. Because we know we are doing our part to keep truly amazing stained glass artwork alive for the next generation. As we restore church windows and create new ones, it is our hope, one day, others will work to preserve our passionately created church stained glass too, For more information on church stained glass restoration here in Dallas or around the country, contact Scottish Stained Glass today!

America’s Most Amazing Church Stained Glass Part 2: The Little Church of La Villita In San Antonio

Posted February 23rd, 2019 by ssgadmin

Church Stained Glass In The San Antonio: Rustic But Stunning

As mentioned in this series, church stained glass is something very integral to the United States. While it is a worldwide artform, that which was created here in the infancy of this country is unique in its own right. Since we restore stained glass ourselves, we have a deep appreciation and respect for the church stained glass artists, the churches and the congregations that have had these windows restored and preserved. A great example of rustic American stained glass in a church is the old and simple but nonetheless dazzle stained glass in The Little Church of La Villita In San Antonio.

The Little Church of La Villita In San Antonio

Located in the La Villita historic section of San Antonio, the cornerstone for The Little Church of La Villita was first laid on March 2, 1879. It was built by German Methodists, in the Gothic Revival style that is so very common in Texas. Although the church is now over 100 years old, it is probably more lovely today than it ever has been due to a restoration of the stained glass and the property, in general, to use as an event center.

As you can see below, this church is quaint but the stained glass is truly a sight to behold! The centerpiece of the entire chapel, a brilliantly colored symbolic cross seems to radiate light from the wall, lighting up the church and instilling joy in the viewer.

The surrounding chapel is lovely and not over-adorned and a few smaller stained glass windows grace the doors but this chapel, in its minimalism is the perfect example of how breathtaking stained glass comes in all sizes, shapes, and denomination.

New Life After Church Stained Glass Restoration

Today the church is used by locals for small, intimate weddings and we believe there truly could not be a better way to celebrate love, than beneath a work of stained glass art that was truly a labor of love itself! At Scottish Stained Glass In San Antonio, each day is truly a joy knowing we are doing our part to keep this country’s historic stained glass windows, like these and others, intact for future viewers. As we restore and create new windows, our hope is one day, others will work to preserve our labors of love too! For more information on church stained glass restoration here in San Antonio or around the country, contact Scottish Stained Glass today!

 

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