Restoration of stained glass windows
Lamb Studios is a leader in the stained glass restoration field. Our expert craftsmen have experience restoring thousands of stained glass windows including many priceless Tiffany, LaFarge, Connick, and original Lamb Studio stained glass windows. We take a conservative approach to window restoration that involves many hours of planning and dialogue before work begins. When having your stained glass windows restored make sure you know what work will be done and why it is necessary.
This major work of American stained glass, designed by noted artist Ella Condie Lamb, was first unveiled at Wells College on June 11, 1902 and dedicated to the memory of Wells’ first Alumna Trustee, Stella Goodrich Russell. On September 4, 1989, the stained glass treasure was again unveiled and rededicated in remembrance of Margaret E. Martindale Meserole, President of the Class of 1976. The restoration was completed by Lamb Studios.
How can you tell if your stained glass windows need restoration?
If you’re not sure you can request for Lamb Studios to provide a free detailed conditions report of your windows.
Not sure if you are at a point where a condition report is necessary, you can learn by making these five easy visual inspection steps.
- Does the window push outward when pressed? If a window is not set firmly in its frame and sash, major repair may be needed.
- Are the thick reinforcing bars still securely attached to the window? If they have broken away in places, major repair may be needed.
- Do the glass panes rattle within their lead frameworks? Loose glass may only need a fresh supply of putty (regular glazing compound) pushed up by hand under the leads, around the pieces of glass, and into any gaps between lead and glass. If the problem is cracked solder joints or broken leads, major repair may be needed.
- Are the panels bulging? If the bulging area is still firmly set in sound leads and only shows a slight bowing effect, there is no immediate danger. If the bulging occurs around the reinforcing bars, or if you can see light between the glass and lead then a structural weakness is indicated requiring major repair.
- Is glass cracked, broken, or shattered? Cracked pieces still secure in their lead frame can be left alone. Loose pieces can be carefully glued together with a clear epoxy or silicone cement. It is better to save an original, rare glass if possible than to attempt a difficult match. Missing, mismatched, or leaking glass should be replaced.