Historic Hotel Stained Glass Examples

Posted November 17th, 2019 by ssgadmin
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Everyone knows about the beautiful stained glass windows in historic churches like Sainte Chapelle, Notre Dame, and the Chartres Cathedral. But hardly any attention at all is given to historic hotels with stained glass. This is an unfortunate oversight, since some historic hotels contain stained glass windows extraordinary enough to be considered masterpieces.

Stained glass is a natural choice for hotels. (Even here in Houston, we have more than a few hotels with stained glass.) It instantly elevates the look of any room, and its crystalline appearance is reminiscent of precious metals, jewels, and diamonds. It’s no wonder that it’s found its way into so many hotels over time. Still, nonetheless, these hotels have gone above and beyond to make their stained glass extra special.

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Make Your Historic Fort Worth Storefront More Authentic With Stained Glass

Posted November 13th, 2019 by ssgadmin

As an owner of a historic storefront property here in Fort Worth and want to update it while maintaining its original character, the department of the interior has some sage advice.

According to the NPS website you should

  1. Become familiar with the style

  2. Preserve the storefront’s character 

  3. Avoid the use of materials that were unavailable when the storefront was constructed

  4. Choose paint colors based on the building’s historical appearance.

Along this vein is the adding stained glass to your storefront window is a way to accomplish a number of things–beauty and authenticity.  This is because commercial establishments in the 18th and early 19th centuries were typically on the ground floor of buildings.  This made it difficult for retail establishments to stand out from their residential neighbors. Commercial spaces began implementing large bay or oriel windows made up of numerous small panes of glass set the shops apart from their residential neighbors.  In the early 20th century the use of decorative stained glass transom windows set off a trend of displaying the presence of a commercial/retail space. Therefore, using this same glass today in your historic storefront is about as authentic as it gets. 

Stained Glass Styles That Work Well For Historic Storefronts

Which style of stained glass you use for you Fort Worth historic storefront is really up to you–and there are a lot of styles to choose from.  However, in order to preserve the authenticity of your store’s appearance you may want to go with a stained glass style that was popular around the time your historic structure.  Below are some suggestions

For stores built in the 1800s:  Victorian Style Stained Glass, Gothic Style Stained Glass, Mackintosh Style Stained Glass

For stores built in the early 1900s:  Greene and Greene Style Stained Glass,  Art Nouveau Style Stained Glass,

For historic buildings built in the early-mid 1900s: Prairie Style Stained Glass, Art Deco Style Stained Glass.

Of course, this all depends on the look of your entire building and the theme of your store but keeping things as close to they may have been back in the day is always a wonderful touch.

To learn more about a stained glass style that may work wonderfully on your historic Fort Worth building–retail or otherwise– contact us at Scottish Stained Glass in Fort Worth today!

The History of Dalle Stained Glass

Posted November 12th, 2019 by ssgadmin

If you have seen Dalle stained glass you probably love it!  We certainly do. This bold style of stained glass is actually made with cement or epoxy joints rather than lead caming.  This is why it often sits outside. It is unique in many ways but one really significant thing about Dalle de Verre stained glass is– it was created rather recently. It just goes to show you how timeless stained glass truly is! Since it is a modern form of stained glass art work, its origins and history are pretty well known to us.  As it were, it is pretty interesting to take a look at how this style spread rapidly across the world in only a few decades. 

Where Dalle Stained Glass Was First Made

The very first Dalle faceted windows were made in France right after World War I.  An apparent artist lost to time collaborated with a french glass shop to have thick glass panels made and then surrounded them in cement for his project.  Soon after this type of stained glass was used by French architect Auguste Perret’s. He used it to create faceted glass concrete walls in the Notre-Dame du Raincy–a church in a Paris suburb. After this–many French artists began using faceted glass in their architectural projects. Many of which were churches. 

Jean Gaudin is credited with fully developing the technique. He had large slabs of colored glass, (up to 1.25” thick) poured then shaped by breaking them with a hammer or cutting with them with a saw. The results were edge pieces that were chipped and created a faceted effect. He then laid out the glass pieces into a traditional stained-glass design.  This design was held in a framed bed of sand. The substrate of cement or epoxy resin was then poured between the glass pieces. The result was a thicker, studier glass and frames with enchantingly deeper color effects. But– it wasn’t until the1950s and 1960s that this glass really came into prominence.

Dalle de Verre Stained Glass In the 1950s and 60s

Dalle de Verre spread to the UK first.  It was brought there by a man named Pierre Fourmaintraux. He trained another man named Dom Charles Norris in the technique, who went on to become a master of Dalle de Verre. His work can be seen incorporated into several Catholic churches still to this day. Although some Dalle stained glass is the US was made earlier in the century, Cathedral of St. Joseph where Jean Barillet created 26 windows that were each 67 feet high and 13 1/2 feet wide was when the glass really became popular– around 1959. These windows were what made Dalle de Verre stained glass period in the US begin.

Sadly, this type of stained glass fell out of favor in the 1970s and 80s. In large part because of changing aesthetics but also because the glass was sometimes subject to structural problems. Also, the size, weight and difficult to remove the cement matrix in which the glass sat posed challenges to restoration

Here at Scottish Stained Glass in Houston or any of our nationwide locations we are able to repair and restore your Dalle stained glass to help you preserve a piece of history.  Contact us today for more information.


How Is Painted Glass Restored?

Posted November 9th, 2019 by ssgadmin

Stained glass restoration is an extensive, complex process that can be quite labor-intensive. When it comes to restoring the painted glass features in your church, business, or home, property owners may be curious as to how this is actually completed. Painted glass restoration requires significant training and experience, making it crucial for you to pick the right studio for your restoration project. When completing the painted glass restoration process, the restoration studio should prioritize the original artist’s intent and focus on proper preservation.

The Painted Glass Restoration Process for Denver Properties

Painted glass restoration begins with thorough research. The restoration artist will conduct research regarding the time period in order to learn more about technique and brush stroke. This restoration artist will also study the painted glass to ensure they’re able to follow all the proper techniques. Once the stained glass has been soaked for up two weeks and dissembled carefully. Each of the painted glass pieces that need restoration will be cataloged and restored to preserve as much of the original as possible. A large piece of this process is color matching. The restoration artist will patiently mix colors and glass options to achieve the perfect color match. If more of the original is capable of saving, the artist may add extra lead lines or use other techniques to keep as much of the original as possible. Everything is replicated down to the brushstroke. The glass has to be fired carefully between layers and can take a substantial amount of time.

Work with Denver’s Leading Painted Glass Restoration Artists

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the leading painted glass restoration artists serving the Denver area. We’re humbled to have the nation’s best artists that are dedicated to the proper preservation of art. For more information regarding painted glass restoration, please contact us!

How Is Painted Glass Restored?

Posted November 9th, 2019 by ssgadmin

When it comes to restoring stained glass in the Salt Lake City area, many are curious about exactly what the process entails. Stained glass restoration is a complex, labor-intensive process that offers numerous benefits. From improving antique value to boosting your overall property value, stained glass restoration can add another century to your stained glass’ lifespan. But how about painted glass? How is painted glass restored? Painted glass restoration requires expertise and experience that can only be found through the right stained glass restoration studio.

The Painted Glass Restoration Process for Salt Lake City

Painted glass restoration starts with any ordinary stained glass restoration process. The window is carefully removed and transported to the studio for soaking. Once the window has been soaked for up to two weeks, it is disassembled piece by piece. While the other glass pieces and lead came are being restored, the painted glass pieces are identified by a restoration artist. Our restoration artist does everything they can in order to keep as much of the original intact as possible. They always take the ethical approach to restoration and take the time to research all the brush strokes and colors. The color matching process can be tough, often taking numerous tries to get the perfect match. After each layer of paint is completed, it needs to be transferred to the kiln for firing.

Work with Salt Lake City’s Leading Painted Glass Restoration Specialists

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to be the leading painted glass restoration specialists serving the Salt Lake City area. We value proper preservation and always pay homage to the original artist. Gain access to the nation’s leading painted glass restoration artists in order to restore your treasured stained glass.

For more information regarding painted glass restoration for your Salt Lake City property, please contact us!

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