Bera Stained Glass Studios
Historic Arts Restoration & Conservation Award
For centuries, stained glass windows in Christian churches have added luminous beauty while teaching Bible stories to those who could or could not read. St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in National City was built in 1887 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Forty-nine intricate stained glass windows, including a rose window, and sashes were added during the early 20th century. These were donated or funded by some of the church's earliest families, making the windows an important part of the community legacy. A century later, all of the stained glass was seriously deteriorated and in dire need of restoration.
Most of the stained glass windows and 35 associated sashes were disassembled, photographed, and documented with rubbings, notations and measurements. Early photographs and research supplemented this hands-on work. Each piece of glass was labeled, cleaned and, if shattered, replaced with in-kind glass. Following restoration, the stained-glass panels were reinstalled in repaired or restored wood sash and returned to their original locations. Replacement hardware was purchased or custom made.
For meticulous and sensitive restoration of these historic windows, we salute owners Nicole Purvis and Brian Canfield of Bera Stained Glass Studios with the Historic Arts Restoration & Conservation Award.
Pictured left to right - Barbara Wymer, Rev. Cristina Borges of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Nicole Purvis and Brian Canfield of Bera Stained Glass Studios, Nikki Pugmire, Jeremy Lieurance, John Pulsingay, & Edward SaidroBefore and after photos courtesy award winners. Winners photo by Sandé Lollis
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