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CONSERVATION

Associated Crafts® / Willet Hauser® are the leaders in caring for the stained glass treasures of the United States. We maintain a conservation department staffed by specialists devoted solely to preserving the beauty of stained glass. Our conservation department is experienced in the restoration of fine stained glass windows. We have had the honor of restoring and protecting some of the finest windows in the United States. Windows by Charles J. Connick, Louis Comfort Tiffany, The Povey Brothers, The Ruby Brothers, John LaFarge, Henry Wynd Young, Francis Xavier Zettler, Franz Mayer and Innsbruck Studios are among the thousands of windows restored by our studios. Perhaps the most complex restorations are those of the multi-plated windows by Tiffany and La Farge.

Angel Stained-Glass Window Conservation and Restoration, Trinity Episcopal Church, Galvenston, TX

Trinity Episcopal Church, Galveston, Texas

When Hurricane Ike struck in 2008, Willet Hauser® was in the process of restoring an eclectic collection of stained glass at Trinity Episcopal Church in Galveston, TX. The strength of the hurricane was so intense that it blew out and nearly destroyed an entire panel from the church’s beloved Tiffany window known as “Christ and the Children.” Willet Hauser®’s skilled craftsman meticulously restored the damaged window back to its original beauty.

Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, Maryland

Stained-Glass Windows After Restoration At Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, MD

In 2003 Willet Hauser Architectural Glass® completed the historic restoration of two large Tiffany windows for Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church, Baltimore, MD. Each measuring 16 ft wide by 32 ft tall, they are considered two of the largest Tiffany windows in the world. The project included complete disassembly of all the leaded panels, cleaning of all of the glass, edge gluing of the damaged glass, reassembly of panels and plates by re-leading and copper foiling, and complete refurbishing of all bracing materials.

Willet Hauser Architectural Glass® and its craftspeople were proud to receive the 2003 Craftsmanship Award for stained glass restoration. The award was given by the Baltimore Building Congress and Exchange in recognition of the high quality of craftsmanship exhibited in the care and protection of the stained glass windows at Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church. According to the Craftsman Committee, the windows we restored are considered one of the world’s finest collections of Tiffany windows still in their original setting.

First United Methodist Church, Bend, OR

Associated Crafts® had the opportunity to restore the historic windows of the First United Methodist Church in Bend, Oregon in 2014. The church’s thirteen windows date back to the construction of the church in 1922. Their maker, the Povey Brothers Studio of Portland, was the largest and most well known producer of stained glass in the late 19th and early 20th century in the state of Oregon. Povey windows were regarded as “Tiffany’s of the Northwest”, according to Portland’s Architectural Heritage Center, and could be found throughout the Western United States. The project included repairing the  sagging windows, cleaning and replacing the old, foggy protective covering on the outside with new clear, pure-cast acrylic. The work of Associated Crafts® has brought new life to the beauty the Povey Brothers Studio created for this historic church so many years ago.

St. John’s Lutheran, Sacramento, CA

Sacramento CA St Johns Lutheran Church Repainted

Our studio was charged with the responsibility of bringing St. John’s Lutheran Church in Sacramento, California’s historic stained glass windows back to their former glory. Attributed to the Ford Brothers Studio of Minneapolis, the windows were created circa 1920. Twelve stained glass windows were carefully removed from the church in early 2017 and transported to our studio for a complete historic restoration.

The restoration also involved repainting three cameo portraits. The original cameo medallions were damaged beyond repair when the church sustained serious damage after it was vandalized. The windows were later replicated; although well intended, the painting was not at the level of the original maker.

Having lived with the previous repairs for many years, St. John’s Lutheran Church decided to address these windows while our studio was creating new windows for the apse & restoring several larger windows within the sanctuary. We were honored to faithfully restore the beauty of these three windows, using the exquisitely painted original windows throughout the church as our guide.

Additionally, we repaired the millwork to the windows’ frames and installed our Klear-Flo® protective covering to ensure the historic windows will retain their historic integrity.