Leaded stained glass windows bring to mind the glories of the great gothic cathedrals. A leaded stained glass window is a mosaic made up of pieces of beautifully colored glass, cut to the desired shapes and held together by strips of grooved lead, which are reinforced and anchored in the window frame. To control the passage of light as well as add details like faces, drapery ornament and lettering, the glass is hand-painted with reddish brown or black powdered pigment, which is later permanently fused to the glass once fired in a kiln. The same methods of leaded glass fabrication, perfected more than eight hundred years ago in Europe, are in use today. The art of stained glass is one of the few handcrafts that are still practiced much as it was during the Middle Ages.
Our studio boasts a collection of nearly 900 unique individual glass colors, many of which are rare and date back to the early - mid 20th century.
Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati, Ohio
The studio captured the historic moment astronaut Neil Armstrong spoke the famous words, “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind,“ as he planted the first foot on the moon. This epic event was captured in the Peace Bay window designed for Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati, Ohio the year following when man first landed on the moon. The window is a great example of the many secular themed windows we’ve done and continue to do in addition to our ecclesiastical work.
Black River Falls United Methodist Church Black River Falls, Wisconsin
Willet Hauser Architectural Glass® was commissioned to create a Tiffany-like landscape scene with a contemporary aesthetic for the Chancel window at Black River Falls United Methodist Church in the small town of Black River Falls, Wisconsin. The 20 foot wide by 24-foot high Chancel window depicts a landscape scene featuring lambs grazing along the banks of a river as the sun sets in the background.
The depth of color, and the stunning variances of light and dark throughout the window, is due entirely to the glass - as not a single piece of glass is painted.
The Masonic Temple and Masonic Library & Museum Grand Ballroom, Philadelphia, PA
Willet Hauser Architectural Glass® concluded a commission for Philadelphia’s historic Masonic Temple. The four windows depict four presidential Freemasons: Presidents George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Harry S. Truman. Located in the Temple’s Grand Ballroom, the windows range in height from sixteen feet six inches to seventeen feet and are truly a sight to behold, accurately designed with attention to historic detail and great realism. Symbolic imagery can be seen throughout all four windows; most notably is Washington’s apron. It was faithfully reproduced according to the original apron on display in their museum. Architectural features throughout the building and room the windows are located in, from the ornate colonnade to the flooring, are echoed in the designs. Lighting also played a large part of the design. The windows are set before custom LED light boxes that mimic natural daylight. Completed in under a year, from initial planning to fabrication, the studio met an aggressive deadline considering the scale and scope of the project.
St. Peter’s-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, Cape May Point, New Jersey
Willet Hauser Architectural Glass® had the honor of contributing to the storied history of St. Peter’s-By-The-Sea Episcopal Church, known locally as The Gingerbread Church, is an historic church located in Cape May Point, New Jersey. Originally built for Philadelphia 1876 Centennial Exhibition, the church was moved to Cape May Point in 1879. Designed by studio Art Director Kathy Jordan, the clerestory windows depict nautical imagery, such as a lighthouse and a ship at sea, as a nod to the church’s location near the ocean. The other six windows depict Biblical imagery, including the Miracles of the Wedding Feast at Cana and Feeding the Five Thousand, as well as symbols of the Holy Spirit Dove and Communion. The work was received with great applause from the congregation who are thrilled with the new additions to their beloved little “Gingerbread Church.”
Winona National Bank, Winona, MN
Willet Hauser Architectural Glass® designed and fabricated a window for an historic building it its hometown of Winona, Minnesota. The window was created by Willet Hauser™ for the Winona National Bank’s Centennial Celebration. The historic bank was erected in 1916 and designed by prominent Chicago architect George Maher, a contemporary of Frank Lloyd Wright. Creating a new work for this centennial local bank is nothing short of an honor as the new window is held in good company. In addition to the Willet Hauser™ window, a number of Tiffany Studios windows, created from the sketches of Maher, adorn the building. Studio artisans worked diligently to complete the window in time of the bank’s ceremony with fabrication lasting approximately five months.