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The Enlightenment: The Lamb Studios Stained Glass Newsletter

May 2016: Vol. 3, No. 3

Englewood, NJ: The historic First Presbyterian Church, built in 1870, suffered a devastating fire on the evening of March 22, 2016. The fire started in the balcony and engulfed the entire wooden roof. Fortunately, the walls were made of stone and were retained, except for the arched west wall, which lost its supporting wood rafters from the roof and had to be removed. Many of the pews were burned beyond saving, along with much valuable church furniture.

The majority of the beautiful stained glass windows (from such notable studios such as Connick of Boston, Tiffany of New York, and J&R Lamb), were saved. Unfortunately, two nine foot diameter circular windows and one Tiffany window were completely lost. The remaining twenty-four suffered smoke and heat damage, causing some to have the solder joints melt and fire cracks to the art glass. Six days after the fire, LambStudios photo-documented the damage and removed all the remaining windows within five days and placed them into storage. A detailed conditions report was made of each window along with costs to be submitted to the insurance company.

Fortunately, the church had good pictures of all the windows that can be used for the reproduction of the missing windows. It is highly recommended that all churches have good photographs taken of all stained glass windows and also furniture. These should be placed in a fire-proof location or safe deposit box for any future unexpected event. The windows should also be appraised for replacement value by a certified stained glass appraiser. Donald Samick is available for such services at: www.stainedglassappraiser.com

 
Abington, PA: Here at Lamb Studios, it is always a thrill to see original stained glass windows created by the studio in years past. A representative from the Abington Presbyterian Church contacted us; Gary Koch informed us that the church had recently discovered that they two of their windows were created by J&R Lamb Studios. We provided Mr. Koch and the church with the information that we had in our records regarding the two windows – we created two memorial windows for Abington Presbyterian Church, they were ordered on February 10, 1908 by Mr. J. M. Colton from Jenkintown PA. The size of each of the windows is recorded as 3'- 1 1/4" x 11', and the subject matter was "Come Unto Me" and "Peace". Mr. Koch, in turn, provide us with photographs of these gorgeous windows, which we are including in this newsletter. He also let us know that the title of the “Peace” window ultimately became “A Perfect Peace”.

IN THE STAINED GLASS NEWS

Dallas, TX: Vandals smashed all the stained glass windows in a historic Lutheran church in south Dallas. The vandals never entered the church and nothing was stolen. The miscreants took bricks from the church’s sign and hurled them at the stained glass windows. Dallas police are searching for the criminals; one man was caught on surveillance cameras.

Pittsburgh, PA: The unfortunate closing of Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church in Bridgeville has a silver lining. Funds are being raised to ship eleven stained glass windows from the closed church to a new church in Nigeria. Parishioners from Saint James Catholic Church in Sewickley are trying to raise the ten thousand dollars needed to ship the windows to the new church in southwest Nigeria that shares its name – Saint James Catholic Church. Additionally, medical supplies are being sent to the church with the stained glass windows.

Belfast, Northern Ireland: Social Democratic and Labor Party Councilor Kate Mullan is proposing that those working in the National Health Service are to be honored with the creation of a new stained glass window which will be installed in Belfast City Hall. The window will be the latest addition to the stained glass windows at City Hall, which provide a unique perspective on the history of the city.
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