Stained glass has existed in the United States since the early 1600’s. Among the colonists that founded Jamestown where glassblowers. While most glass at the time was still imported from Europe, the tradition of glassmaking was immediately embedded in American culture from these early beginnings.
Through time, stained glass continued to grow in popularity. Over the years, the artform evolved and eventually architects began to include stained glass in buildings other than churches. Between the period of the Civil War and the Great Depression, a great number of houses were built that included stained glass.
The Importance of Stained Glass Conservation
Today, stained glass continues to play an important role in architecture throughout the world. Even here in Denver, Colorado, stained glass is a defining characteristic of many of the older buildings and churches in the city. For this reason, stained glass conservation is incredibly important to Denver’s identity as a city. Owners and churches in Denver should take caution to maintain the integrity of stained glass and make repairs when necessary in order to ensure its preservation.
Signs that Stained Glass Needs to Be Repaired
Though durable, stained glass windows can deteriorate over time from exposure to the elements or oxidation. Checking your stained glass windows for signs of wear can prevent complicated issues from developing. Here are some signs to look for:
Discoloration in the glass – Discolored or cloudy glass pieces could mean one of two things, that the glass needs to be cleaned or that it has been exposed to water and is beginning to corrode.
Flaked or cracked paint – The paint and enamel covering the glass should be fixed when it starts to wear in order to prevent the loss of important details in the design.
Warped or sagging leading – The lead caming, or metal structures holding pieces together, in stained glass windows can lose its shape when exposed to too much heat, creating structural issues. Misshapen leading should be replaced as soon as possible.
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