Martin Faith | Denver Stained Glass
By Martin Faith
Located on the corner of Greenwood Avenue and Cameron Street near downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma is one of the oldest and most historically significant buildings in the United States. The Vernon African Methodist Episcopal Church is the only building to have survived one of the worst race massacres in American history and is a visual reminder of the reconstruction process.
On May 31st, it will have been 100 years since this terrible incident occurred. The events which took place on May 31st and June 1st of 1921 resulted in the destruction of a once vibrant and affluent African American community in Tulsa referred to as “Black Wall Street.”
When a mob of angry white people came tearing through the neighborhood, black residents of the community were forced to flee their homes in order to escape the terrible violence. Historians estimate that approximately 300 people were killed and another 10,000 were left homeless.
During this time, some members of the community were able to find safe harbor in the basement of the Vernon A.M.E Church.
Recently, Scottish Stained Glass had the honor of being able to complete the restoration of the historic stained glass windows in the church. Below, we’ve discussed the restoration project in detail.
One of our favorite parts of the job here at Denver Stained Glass is definitely giving our customers back their lovely stained glass windows when we do restorations or rebuilds. It is wonderful to see the joy that restored stained glass brings to churches, synagogues, historic homes, and, like in this case, universities. As part of the Scottish Stained Glass family, we are lucky enough to take part in restoring stained glass masterpieces regularly. Like the window as Sam Houston State University–lost to a fire.
Replicating Sam Houston State’s Historic Stained Glass Window
Sam Houston State University is one of the oldest in Texas–founded in 1879. Its original design included a lovely stained glass window. This window was iconic to the school but was sadly destroyed in a fire (1982) that ravaged one of the main original buildings. SHSU decided to commemorate their school motto “The measure of a Life is its Service, through replicating the original stained glass. They entrusted us with the charge–and we were truly honored to be a part of preserving the legacy of such an amazing organization.
The First Challenge of Restoring Sam Houston State University’s Lost Stained Glass
By far the biggest challenge of this job was the fact that our team was creating a replication from very little. It is important to us to always deliver the respect these cherished stained glass pieces deserve through accurately restoring or recreating. With only a picture from a 1962 yearbook to guide their way, they began first by recreating the design using modern technology.
We first scanned the picture into the computer and painstakingly traced each line. After that, we scanned the drawing into our design software for perfect proportions to the original then double the size per request of the university.
The Second Challenge of Restoring Sam Houston State University’s Lost Stained Glass
The second issue was one of sourcing materials used over a century ago. The materials from that era simply did not exist. This meant finding the exact colors would be a challenge. We came up with a brilliant solution to this. We first tapped our conservation specialist to find glass in colors that were as close as possible to the originals. Next, we had our painted stained glass artists paint over the colors to make them exactly match the original hues. While the materials were not original the final look was exact!
The Results of the Recreated Commemorative Stained Glass Window
All in all, over ten layers were used to create accurate shadowing and depth and this lovely commemorative window has about 3,000- 4,000 pieces the university staff, board, and students were absolutely delighted with the final product and honestly–we were too! We’re always so proud when we can be part of an amazing project to restore and preserve history for generations to come.
If you have a stained glass restoration or rebuild project we would love to speak to you about it too! Contact us at Denver Stained Glass today for a free consultation.
Businesses are always looking for better ways to improve visual marketing and branding efforts. This is especially true now when it comes to keeping more and more clientele coming in. For businesses in high foot traffic areas that depend on walkthrough customers, having vibrant, eye-catching displays can be a great way to attract customers. When it comes to finding unique ways to grab customer attention, commercial stained glass offers a highly creative solution and can be installed in a variety of industries.
The Benefits of Commercial Stained Glass for Your Denver Business
- Custom signage: Stained glass is a very versatile medium that can be used to create custom signage. From signs to full storefront displays, commercial property owners can improve visual branding with this eye-catching solution. Stained glass signs offer high durability and provide a great long-term investment.
- Privacy stained glass: If certain areas of your business require better seclusion, privacy stained glass is an elegant way to achieve this. From privacy features for dressing rooms to partitions for customer service areas, stained glass can create the division and privacy that you need.
- Iconic feature: Many event centers, hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality establishments have experienced incredible success by installing iconic stained glass features for photo opportunities in special events. This creates incredible marketing and branding opportunities for you and your customers.
Work With Denver’s Trusted Commercial Stained Glass Expert
Denver Stained Glass is honored to be the trusted commercial stained glass expert serving the state of Colorado. Our team is always happy to help you achieve the best marketing and branding solution for your business. Work with our incredible artists to create your vision and bring it to reality. We would love to help you attract more customers, improve customer retention, and more. For more information regarding commercial stained glass, please contact us!
Does your Denver home or business have original stained glass features? Did you know that stained glass requires proper maintenance and care in order to sustain its condition? In addition to regular cleaning and repairs, historic stained glass typically begins to deteriorate around the 75-year to 100-year mark. This means that you’ll probably be ready or are already ready for restoration. Stained glass restoration offers incredible, exclusive benefits for any property owner.
Here at Denver Stained Glass, we are lucky enough to be part of one of the most proficient stained glass studios in the country–Scottish Stained Glass. This means we get to be part of some pretty outstanding stained glass installations. While each is challenging in its own way–they are all equally fulfilling because we get to transform more than just windows but lives too. Take for example our most recent large installation at St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church located in Wray, CO.
The Scope of Our Custom Stained Glass Project
For a small town, stained glass installation was a big one. It took place in a newer church that was built about 30 years ago. As it happened this church did not have stained glass windows in the sanctuary and felt like this type of artwork would really make their place of worship feel more like a house of God. So they reached out to us to install five original large stained glass windows on the east side. This type of custom work is right up our alley.
Customizing Stained Glass to Be Historically Accurate and Beautiful
The church congregation wanted a depiction of the five Luminous Mysteries (baptism, wedding, proclamation, transfiguration, and last supper) –something that was very important to them. We decided to create custom artwork. This is because we have such an amazing painted glass specialist Maria–and skilled stained glass painters are hard to find. We used actual models to get the exact poses.
We also did extensive research for historical accuracy like:
- The Appropriate background and foliage for the region
- Authentic tile design for floors in that time-period
- A historically accurate depiction of the town of Cana
The Beauty of Custom Painted Stained Glass
The results of our custom, five-panel stained glass project in St. Andrew The Apostle Catholic Church were in a word–stunning. We used mostly black and brown paint with the majority of the color pulled from the glass background. We also harnessed the natural sunlight to create depth in things like the faces, hands, fauna, and flora. The result was a three-dimensional look that was not only authentic but breathtaking as well. In the end, the members of the congregation who watched (socially distanced were amazed and one member even said “Now we have a church”. It is this affirmation and the pride in a job well done that makes us love custom stained glass creation.
For more information on custom stained glass or breathing life into an old piece of stained glass with restoration–contact us at Denver Stained Glass today!
When it comes to keeping your Denver home comfortable and private, it can be hard to find the right privacy solution. Privacy issues are often underestimated– they can lead to safety concerns, lack of productivity, and home discomfort. Many privacy solutions available are unsightly or block out natural sunlight. This can make your home feel dark and unwelcoming– natural sunlight can also have its own benefits for homeowners. Privacy stained glass delivers a great way to block unwanted views along with some other incredible benefits.
Homes, businesses, and houses of worship throughout the Denver area have some of the most stunning stained glass features. These stained glass windows and panels can offer numerous benefits as they are unique pieces of art. For property owners that notice signs of damage on their stained glass, it is important to always be timely about repairs and restoration. Leaving your damaged windows unrepaired can lead to further damage and end up costing you significantly more. Stained glass repair offers incredible benefits, especially when executed in a timely manner.
Denver is a beautiful city, full of diverse buildings and architectural styles. Among the many different types of buildings here in the Mile High are historic homes and properties with stained glass. These antique stained glass windows are a part of what makes Denver historic buildings as stunning and unique as they are. That’s why it’s so important to work with an experienced company when it comes to your stained glass repairs. And Denver Stained Glass has just what you need. Here’s everything you need to know about our repair and restoration services. Read more…
Does your Denver commercial property have an incredible original stained glass feature? If it does, we’re sure you’ve noticed all the attention it can garner from your guests. Original stained glass windows can offer unique beauty while differentiating your property from others. Did you know that stained glass actually requires restoration around the 75-year to 100-year mark? The glass and lead begin to naturally deteriorate around this age making restoration necessary if you want to continue preserving your historic stained glass. Here’s how to get started on your commercial stained glass restoration project.
You know that repairing the stained glass in your home, business, venue, or religious institution will improve the appearance of your space. But can stained glass repair increase your Denver property’s value?
Stained glass has always served as a versatile art medium throughout the centuries, offering stunning aesthetic and symbolic messaging. When it comes to stained glass art, properties throughout Denver can all take advantage of this timeless medium. Residential, commercial, and religious buildings can benefit from stained glass art. Stained glass art can be both functional and beautiful, offering incredible benefits for any property. When it comes to improving your home, business, or church, the stained glass art experts are here to support you.
Stained glass restoration can be a big undertaking for any church in the Denver area. There is the cost to consider but there is also time to consider as well. The amount of time the stained glass windows will be gone from your chapel—and also the time your church congregation will donate to organizing the repair. For these reasons, churches need to ask the question—how will this restoration ultimately benefit them.
Three Ways Restoration Benefits Churches
- Preserving Church History: For many congregations, their stained glass windows, even ones that need to be repaired, are a point of pride. As well they should be! These windows are a much a part of church history as the many members that have marked many significant occasions beneath them: weddings, funerals, and confirmations just to name a few. The cost of losing this beloved piece of church history far outweighs the cost of a restoration.
- Preserving Denver History: There are so many wonderful things about Denver and one of them is buildings like your church and the historical significance of its antique stained glass windows. By restoring your stained glass windows then, your church will be keeping its place in city history as well. This is why a good way to fund your church stained restoration is through historical grants.
- Savings On Future Repairs: Stained glass (especially church stained glass) is different from other antiques. It is not worth more in its original state. When a church stained glass window begins to structurally (about 80 years of age)—it is in danger of becoming worse by the day. And this ultimately leads to total failure. So by restoring the windows in your chapel, you are actually saving from what would have definitely been a more extensive restoration in the future.
These are all excellent and compelling benefits to understand the true cost of repairing your church’s stained glass. For more information, or to have us come out and give you an appraisal ($500 minimum) here in the Denver area or most states in the US—contact us at Denver Stained Glass today!
Stained glass is very resilient and durable, but is still susceptible to damage. From deliberate vandalism to severe weather, there’s a number of things that can impact your stained glass’ condition. While proper care can always extend the lifespan of stained glass, some things require immediate repair before permanent damage occurs. When it comes time to stained glass repair, you may be apprehensive about the initial costs. So what is the cost-benefit analysis of repairing stained glass? Is the stained glass cost really worth it?
Once upon a time, custom stained glass windows were a rare sight. In previous eras they were only found high in the walls of churches and cathedrals. Today, more and more people are discovering the aesthetic beauty and charm that even simple custom stained glass windows can bring to their home or business. If you’re in the market for custom stained glass here in Denver, then look no further! The experts at Denver Stained Glass are here to walk you through every step of the way.
Most people associate stained glass with churches and sometimes homes, but we always love completing a retail stained glass project. Retail stained glass is becoming more and more popular with all the different contemporary ways that stained glass can be presented. We recently partnered with Altar’d State, a leading faith-based retailer with numerous locations nationwide. We’re honored to have handcrafted a gorgeous glass display for their storefront as well as inside their store by the private dressing rooms. This is the second project we’ve had the pleasure of working on for Altar’d State. If you’re in the Norwalk, Connecticut area, please visit our work!
If you’ve ever visited an old church in Downtown Denver, or walked through the historic neighborhoods of Capitol Hill, Washington Park, or Congress Park, you’ve likely seen some stunning examples of stained glass. Stained glass is perhaps one of the most unique architectural features a building can have. Especially in today’s world, when ordinary clear pane windows are so common, the bright colors and beautiful patterns of stained glass instantly draw the eye to its presence.
But have you ever wondered how stained glass windows are made? And how do they get such beautiful colors? We asked our Denver stained glass experts and this is what they told us.
Several different styles of stained glass have proliferated through the centuries. But perhaps one of the most unique and captivating of all is Dalle Stained Glass. Dalle Stained Glass makes an exceptional addition to Denver churches, homes, museums, and buildings. People are naturally drawn to the intense colors and mosaic-like designs. In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most popular types of Dalle Stained Glass.
When it comes to buying a custom home, the great part about it is–it is yours. This means you can make your home life exactly what you want it to be with the additions that are custom to your needs. One such addition for you to consider using in your Denver custom home or home remodel is–stained glass. Stained glass is an amazing home feature that allows for both exceptional form and function. While beauty is a hallmark of stained glass, there are a number of other benefits of stained glass in Denver custom homes as well.
Benefits of Stained Glass For Denver Custom Homes
Stained Glass For More Privacy
Likely the number one reason to install stained glass in your Denver custom home or remodel is to get more privacy. As this city grows, our neighbors creep closer on all sides. This ushers in a need for privacy solutions that make sense. Stained glass fits this bill exactly. By opting for stained glass in certain windows of your Denver custom home, like the bathroom, entryway, and bedroom, you get the level of privacy you want without sacrificing style!
Stained Glass For Increased Resale Value
When it comes to the long term effect of add-ons in custom homes, nothing can beat that of stained glass. While it may cost you a bit more upfront, stained glass will pay off in the future. In fact, stained glass often appraises for over 10x the initial cost. Also, when you go to sell your Denver custom home one day, stained glass windows will help your home sell faster–since they make for great curb appeal.
Stained Glass For One-of-a-Kind Aesthetics
If you are buying a custom home here in Denver or doing a remodel to make an existing home all your own, you likely cherish uniqueness. As it were, nothing could be more unique than stained glass. It is a way to express yourself with something that will stand out like no other decorative element. Whether you are looking for something from a certain era like Art Deco stained glass or something completely unique and modern–stained glass is the way to get a custom home accent completely tailored to your tastes.
For more information on stained glass for your custom-built or renovated Denver home, contact us at Denver Stained Glass today!
Does your Denver restaurant have historical stained glass windows, signs, or lights? If so, you probably have questions about how to keep and preserve your art. Too many restaurant owners make the assumption that repairing leaded glass costs more than it’s worth. They throw out priceless fixtures that are worth thousands before even looking into restoration or having them appraised.
Little do they know, by restoring their historic stained glass, they can increase the value of their commercial property and make their business look more attractive to customers, all while preserving a culturally valuable work of art. While it may not seem like it because of the work involved, restoration is actually a much smarter option that replacement. Even though it may take a little effort, in the long run, you’ll be glad you made the investment when lines of visitors are pouring out your doors and your property value goes up.
We all dream of having a ton of natural light streaming into our bathrooms—but for privacy reasons, sometimes natural light is dampened. Curtains and blinds in bathrooms have become the norm as Denver’s neighbors creep closer in the wake of the population boom. This is forcing homeowners to find privacy solutions for places like their bathrooms and more and one that does not involve lessening natural light. Stained glass is the perfect solution to this issue of bathroom privacy. The best part about stained glass is not just it’s cloaking powers but it’s innate beauty. With stained glass you do more than just stop people from seeing in–you add a delightful design element for your family, friends, and guests to enjoy. While stained glass is customizable to whatever your imagination comes us with, below are 5 gorgeous ideas for privacy stained glass on your Denver home–that you will want to copy!
Trending Bathroom Stained Glass
Trending Bathroom Stained Glass
1. Go Au Naturale!
Nature themes are making a comeback in bathroom stained glass! But not the way you may think. A trending look is to use actual retro styles from the prairie style to the MacIntosh era–what’s old is new again!
2. Stained Glass Flower Power
Flowers have always been well represented in bathroom stained glass. However, using vintage flowers in a modern-themed stained glass window in the new style. The light and lovely coloring of the flowers paired with the green of the leaves makes this design a winter in the flowery bathroom window category!
3. Monochromatic Stained Glass For a Modern Flair
Using different hues of the same colors is something we go gaga for here at Denver Stained Glass! The subtle tone changes on the window below are perfect to create a semi-private space, While the simple square design elements make this bathroom privacy window a real stunner
4. Crystal Clear And Textured Stained Glass
An ionic stained glass window style is a mix of clear, textured and beveled stained glass pieces. This type of mix up provides maximum coverage with unadulterated natural light and matches with any color bathroom. You can just as easily put this design in an all-white bathroom as you could a deep blue.
5. Geometric Stained Glass Never Ages
Geometric patterns are really in right now in any part of the home–but when weren’t they? From simple geometric patterns to intense mirror images–stained glass with clean lines, repeating circles and angles have always done wonders for any room in the home and the bathroom is obviously no different. Take your bathroom decor from plain to insanely modern When you opt for this type of geometric masterpiece!
We highlighted five stunning bathroom glass trends. Have an idea for a bathroom stained glass window you would just love? Contact us at Denver Stained Glass today!
One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make with their entryway is blocking off their windows. They’re worried about strangers being able to see into their home through their sidelights or other windows near their front door. This is a valid concern. After all, there are tons of people who approach your front door on a regular basis – the mailman, Amazon delivery drivers, and door-to-door salesman.
But the problem is, when you cover up your front windows with blinds or curtains, you alter the aesthetics of your entryway a great deal. And you also block out all of the natural light coming into your home. Entryway stained glass offers Denver homeowners an alternative to traditional privacy options like blinds and sunshades. It’s a great way to add privacy and beauty to your entry, which is one of the most important features of your home.
There is no denying that stained glass is lovely. Whether on the towering windows of Notre Dame Cathedral to the quaint windows of local Denver churches it is simply a delight to congregations and members and communities alike. These types of windows have been delighting congregations for more than a thousand years. They span generations and denominations alike. Regardless of people’s theology from church to church, one fact that most can agree on is–stained glass windows are stunning. But why exactly do churches have stained glass? Is there something to them beyond simply beauty? Is there something more to these pieces beyond their obvious artistic value? Why are they such a ubiquitous part of cathedrals and chapels not just here in Denver but across the US and even the world? As it were, there are actually a few reasons why you see stained glass on many churches. Today we will highlight the two most prominent ones–spiritual and practical.
The Christian Religion’s Relationship With Light
In the Christian religion, there has always been a special relationship with light. Stained glass in churches clearly reflects this. In fact, it allows for the use of light in a particularly ethereal way. It is understandable then, that churches from Methodists to Catholic appreciate the play of light combined with the iconography so important to them. In Genesis, God’s first words were “‘Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3-4) With this type of reference to light so early in such a sacred book, it is easy to see why Christian churches would embrace light through stained glass. Accordingly, they spent much time and energy developing a church feature that perfectly embodies God first gift to man. Stained glass windows in churches bring light into an otherwise dark interior, it casts out shadows and brings relief. Not unlike the God of Genesis. There is no doubt that early architects wanted light through the lovely ornate windows of old to play out much like it did in the Bible. They saw stained glass as a perfect way to highlight the spiritual truth of light while at the same time being functional. Ostensibly this happened over 1000 years ago, as, the oldest surviving stained glass window is found in the Augsburg Cathedral in Germany and was built in the 11th century. Since those days stained glass windows in churches have changed a lot. However, embracing the proverbial light of God has not. In fact, stained glass windows changed in their relationship with the church over time to become more than just spiritually useful but practical as well. Eventually, these windows began to not only served as a representation of the light of God but as a critical teaching tool as well.
Stained Glass Symbolism As A Teaching Tools
During the medieval period, stained glass windows were the best way to teach the poor about God. Because during this time the masses were illiterate. Also, they lacked access to copies of the bible, which were few. Only the rich and clergy had Bibles so it was easier to disseminate stories through the use of stained glass on churches rather than books. It was more accessible and easier for the poor to understand. If fact, in some larger church windows almost all the important stories from the books of Genesis to Revelations played out in glass. Soon the saints too appeared on windows and helped inspire both the poor and rich struggling on their Christian journey. They lent hope to the hopeless in their time of need in a most lovely way. The stained glass and the light dancing light were the perfect teaching tool for the Christian religion. As cathedrals grew in size and technology so too did the depth of the symbolism contained in the stained glass. The new colors achieved through evolving chemistry appeared on the windows and were given deep meaning. Read the list of the various ways colors and symbols came to have meaning on stained glass over time.
Stained Glass Symbolism Explained
- Jesus: Represented by Lifelike images; cross; lamb; a shepherd
- Holy Spirit: Represented by a flame; wind; a white dove
- The Saints: Represented by an image of the man or woman; the name of the saint; the way the saint was martyred
- Virgin Mary: Often depicted wearing blue robes; on her own or with her son
- Black: Death
- Blue: Heavenly Love, Virgin
- Brown: Death
- Grey: Mourning, Humility
- Green: Spring, Charity, Life over death
- Purple: Royalty God The Father
- Red: Love, Hate, Martyred
- Violet: Love, Truth, Passion, Suffering
- White/Gold: Innocence, Holiness
- Yellow: Jealousy, Treason, Deceit
Why Stained Glass In Modern Churches?
Times have, of course, changed quite a bit since stained glass began adorning churches. Today most church folks here in the US can read the bible for themselves. Meaning they don’t need stained glass to guide the way. However, stained glass on churches still remains revered and important. Many religions have come to embrace these lovely works of art. Today, rather than being a teaching tool for this generation, stained glass has become a way to preserve history for the next generation. Because today’s church stained glass has significant historical value. Furthermore, while still useful for conveying religious themes–it also has become very valuable secular art. Since stained glass in the US was made in an era of what could be considered the last frontier–it has intrinsic historical value. Furthermore, churches today often use stained glass windows to honor beloved family and patrons–making it valuable on a personal level. For these reasons, although stained glass in chapels and churches has changed over time, it is just as important today as it was 1000 years ago. It is an incredible asset for any church to preserve and restore when necessary.
The jury is in: your stained glass needs some professional attention. All stained glass windows need professional care from time to time, whether it’s a good cleaning to restore the clarity of the glass or an actual restoration for repairing major damage.
Usually, restoration needs to be undertaken when stained glass reaches an age of 50-75 years old. In Denver, many historic buildings with stained glass like those in Congress Park and Capitol Hill are reaching the point where they need to be worked on.
But, if you’re like most of the general population, you’re not a stained glass expert yourself. Even if you know that your windows need repair, you probably don’t know where to start. Below, we’ve provided some information on how to get started with stained glass restoration for Denver historic building owners.
Creating your own custom stained glass design can be so exciting and stressful at the same time. While some may already have a great starting point for their design, others may need a little inspiration to get started. When it comes it stained glass design, virtually anything is possible. Creating a custom piece for your Denver home, church, or business can offer so many incredible benefits. Here are our favorite 10 websites for beautiful stained glass window inspiration:
Stained Glass Window Inspiration for Denver Properties
- Contemporary stained glass design: We love all the abstract art and painted glass created by these contemporary artists. Homeowners and business owners can draw inspiration from this gallery.
- Everything stained glass: This website is dedicated to all mediums and applications of stained glass. Check out all the incredible designs for your inspiring your next project.
- Stained glass from around the world: Check out this gallery of stunning stained glass designs from around the world.
- Stained glass design ideas: Pinterest is such a great resource, especially when it comes to stained glass inspiration.
- Historical stained glass: Find inspiration from some of the oldest stained glass pieces from around the world.
- Contemporary stained glass art: Talk about creative, impactful pieces of art! These stained glass examples take it to the next level.
- Stained glass artists on Instagram: This is a great list of stained glass artist Instagram accounts to follow.
- Stained glass tattoos: For those that are really passionate about stained glass, check out these beautiful stained glass tattoos.
- Frank Lloyd Wright: Known for its revolutionary Prairie-style architecture and leaded glass windows, Wright continues to inspire stained glass design today.
- Louis Comfort Tiffany: Tiffany glass is classic and timeless. Draw inspiration from these incredible stained glass designs for your next project.
Denver Stained Glass is honored to provide trusted custom stained glass services for residential, commercial, and religious properties. Work with our leading artists to create any custom design.
For more information regarding custom stained glass for your Denver property, please contact us!
Did you know that stained glass windows require maintenance? Just like paintings, drawings, and any other type of art, stained glass windows need special care so that they don’t deteriorate. But how do you know when your stained glass windows need to be worked on? Great question! We asked our experts the very same thing and this is what they told us about stained glass restoration in Denver.
Frank Lloyd Wright is one of America’s most prolific and inspiring architectural designers. But he did far more than create houses that integrated elements of the natural world seamlessly. He also contributed to the growth and popularity of residential stained glass. This type of artwork was traditionally reserved for small decorative touches around the house, but he saw more potential. Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained glass became works of art in their own right.
Marc Chagall The Fine Artist
Many people have probably heard about the famed artist Marc Chagall. He was a Russian-French artist and widely known as an early modernist by his critics and admirers. His body of paintings include works like
“I and the village”
Although mostly associated with the modernist movement he was interestingly enough known for several major artistic styles and created art in many different formats painting, book illustrations, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries art prints notwithstanding.
Marc Chagall The Stained Glass Master
A prolific and amazing artist known for his exquisite used of color, Marc Chagall was also, as it happens a prolific stained glass artist. In fact, Marc Chagall’s stained glass windows are known and loved worldwide for their beauty. Interestingly enough Chagall didn’t start working in stained glass until his 70’s–which is incredible considering the breadth and talent of his stained glass work. But it is also no surprise either because Chagall, in all of his artwork, was so very in tune with light and color. This attention to where light would shine through his stained glass windows paired with the clever exploitation of glass properties to extract the most amazing colors–were the ingredients to his overwhelming success.
Marc Chagall Stained Glass For Churches
Chagall did a number of church stained glass windows, in fact, he did many stained glass windows in Europe–France in particular, commissioned by quite a few churches internationally. However, his artistry was not relegated to just churches. Although he did a wide array of church stained glass window, rich with religious iconography, he did many more “secular” windows too. Some of those windows he did for and still are here in the United States. The series is called “America Windows” and can be viewed at the The Art Institute of Chicago. These windows are prized American art treasures as you can see by the video below.
Here at Denver Stained Glass have a deep passion for stained glass and stained glass masters like Marc Chagall inspire both our church and home stained glass work and restoration. For more information on what we do or if you have stained glass questions, reach out to us today!
When it comes to inspirational stained glass pieces, taking a look around the globe can really offer some beautiful examples. As the birthplace of stained glass, Europe really has some incredible, noteworthy pieces that are great for drawing inspiration for your custom stained glass project. Stained glass throughout Europe is often found within historic churches and other traditional buildings. With incredible technique and symbolic use of color, these religious stained glass pieces bring tourism from around the world. We often reference these pieces when looking for artistic inspiration.
If you’re thinking about making some renovations to your church, one upgrade you should consider is adding stained glass windows. There’s a reason that stained glass windows have been popular in churches and temples over the years. There’s something magical and serene about seeing the light and color from stained glass wash over church pews, altar furniture, and floors while the Sunday sermon is being delivered. It’s an experience that many churchgoers enjoy.
Custom stained glass installation can provide Denver temples and churches with numerous aesthetic and practical benefits. And the custom stained glass that you install today can be enjoyed for hundreds of years by future members of your congregation.
Church Stained Glass Repair In Denver
A lot of the church stained glass in this country is turning 100 years old in the coming years! While there is a reason to celebrate that it has made it this long, it also means it is time for restoration, thorough repairs or at the very least a good cleaning. This is because around about a century, vintage stained glass on homes and churches begins to need repairs. This is due to environmental factors as well as the way it was built at that time. So, if for some reason you think the stained glass on your Denver church is beyond repair because it looks dingy, chipped, tarnished and old, the truth is–it is probably not. Read on to find out why.
Church Stained Glass That Is Old And Looks Lifeless Can Be Cleaned
Church stained glass and the lead that surrounds it are actually things that are able to be cleaned and brought back to their former luster. While the lead may look absolutely filthy and the glass may not have any shine at all, our deep cleaning will bring to the surface stained glass colors that will amaze you. We do cleanings both on and off your Denver chapel’s premises and which one we do depends on which other repairs we need to do. However, one thing is for sure– the brightness of the glass will blow you away when we are done.
Chapel Stained Glass That Is Bowing Or Sagging Can Be Restored
Many parishioners see the bowing wooden or steel frames on church stained glass windows and immediately think–the damage is irreparable. And that makes sense since, when the support structure of stained glass windows start to bend, sag and bow, the state of your stained glass can look pretty dire. However, regularly deal with stained glass in this state and know that after we are done–this won’t be an issue for another century or even two! Not only do we rebuild the frame and structure of your church’s stained glass windows but we also use modern lead additives to give it extra strength and additional life!
Church Stained Glass That is Chipped, Cracked Can Be Repaired
Church stained glass that is chipped, cracked or missing looks miserable and beyond repair on the surface. Or you may think once a glass panel falls out the whole stained glass windows is done for. However, this is not that big of a problem–, especially for our expert restoration team. Some chips and cracks we can fix right in the window. But, for more seriously damaged windows further repairs are required in our studio. We can fix almost anything there and even match the most obscure colored or textured glass pieces.
If you love your Denver church’s stained glass but fear its time has come, make sure to contact us before taking it out or destroying it. There is often life left in these types of church stained glass windows still! At Denver Stained Glass we are happy to consult with you on how to bring it out! Contact us today for more info!
Stained Glass And Its Symbolic Meanings
Stained glass on churches here in Denver, as you know, is absolutely lovely. Throughout the city in churches and chapels large and small, stained glass graces these houses of God. However, what many people don’t understand about stained glass in cathedrals and churches here in Denver and around the world is– the glass designs and even colors have very deep meaning. That’s right, almost all stained glass in churches is symbolic of other things. So besides being beautiful, the stained glass has meaning too. So what does the stained glass in your Denver church represent? Read below to find out more.
Why Symbols And Colors Were Used On Stained Glass
In cathedrals around the world and here in Denver there are symbols everywhere–including stained glass. While they obviously are beautiful, they also were used because poor people in the very distant past, were unable to read. Therefore by using pictures, symbols, and colors, the clergy was able to easily give spiritual education to the commoners. In fact, stained glass windows were called “ The Bible of the Poor” because they were so heavily involved in instructing illiterate peasants. However, even after reading became widespread, these symbols and colors, already cemented in their meaning, continued to be used as choices to convey a spiritual message.
Common Stained Glass Symbols And Colors And Their Meaning
Jesus: Lifelike images, crosses, lambs, shepherds
The Holy Spirit: flames, winds, a white dove
The Saints: a man or woman; symbols associated with them, the manner in which they were martyred him or her
Virgin Mary: A female figure often wearing blue, the color blue
Stained Glass Color Symbolism
Blue: Heavenly Love, Virgin
Grey: Mourning, Humility
Green: Spring, Charity, Life over death
Purple: Royalty God The Father
Red: Love, Hate, Martyred
Violet: Love, Truth, Passion, Suffering
White/Gold: Innocence, Holiness
Yellow: Jealousy, Treason, Deceit
If your Denver church has stained glass that you would like to restore, repair and ultimately preserve for the next generation, contact us at Denver Stained Glass today!
In 1910, one of Denver’s most influential industrialists had a home built for his family in the downtown area of the city. The house was constructed on the corner of 8th Avenue and Grant and, being 36 rooms large, was nothing short of impressive. Among other fine things, the home was equipped with a magnificent custom chandelier, beautiful wall hangings, and custom fixtures. A long stairway lead up to the front doors of the home, creating a grand entrance. But perhaps the most remarkable feature was the three section Tiffany stained glass window in the Denver home.
Numerous photos document the existence of the beautiful stained glass and its intricate detail. Old as the photographs are, there are no denying the stained glass’ incredible beauty and craftsmanship. The stained glass was not only a defining characteristic of the home, but also the surrounding neighborhood. That’s why when the beautiful artwork was discovered to have gone missing, people were shocked. How could such a large fixture suddenly vanish into thin air? Thus began the search for Denver’s mysterious missing Tiffany stained glass.
By Martin Faith
Are you looking for ways to make your church a destination-worthy stop? There are churches around the world that are renowned due to their beautiful stained glass windows. Many of these churches become popular tourist destinations drawing in worldwide attention. Not only do these gorgeous, eye-catching stained glass windows draw in tourists, they also provide a sense of pride for the congregation and community that houses the church. Custom stained glass can really offer exclusive benefits that aren’t available with any other medium for your Denver church.
Stained Glass Is Durable But Older Glass Still Needs Restoration And Repair
Stained glass is a strong and durable material which is tinted with paints, pigments, and dyes making it the perfect medium for adorning churches and chapels and lasting for a long time. However, simply because stained glass is durable, does not mean it will not eventually need restoration or repairs. History tells us, church stained glass windows should be repaired or restored every 80-100 years. It is around this time the caming, wood frame, grout and glass begin to fail. If caught early, the window will last another 10 years before needing more repairs. If your church houses stained glass and you are wondering if it may soon need repair, review our guide below. We point out surefire signs of disrepair to look for on your chapel’s stained glass and give you advice on how to keep it looking lovely and intact for the next generation of your congregation.
Gaps In Your Church’s Stained Glass Window That Show Daylight
A clear sign that it is time to have a restoration done on your Denver church stained glass are gaps of visible light shining through the frame between the leading or glass pieces. Whether large or small this type of wear and tear must be addressed because these gaps mean the lead is stretched and structurally unsound and that the surrounding glass panels are no longer held securely in place. You risk the possibility of a piece of glass falling out of the window, so a stained glass professional should be brought in to take a look.
Buckling, Bowing And Sagging Of Your Church’s Stained Glass
If the stained glass windows in your church are buckling, bowing, bulging or sagging, you could be risking an actual collapse. A worst-case scenario we know– but not unheard of. Any falling glass is bad glass and it could harm parishioners. This type of damage is not from the glass failing but rather from the wood frame, expanding and contracting over time. This type of movement causes the frame to lose strength and takes a big toll on the lead caming– causing it to bend and lose strength as well. This is an issue that needs to be repaired soon to immediately by a professional.
Chips And Cracks In Your Church’s Stained Glass
The most common repair to church stained glass windows and the least dangerous are the chips and cracks in the glass. A fix like this is not pressing but affects the beauty and luster of your church’s stained glass. Keep in mind that cracks could also be an indication that the glass is under stress–mean the frame could fail. So, if you notice cracks getting bigger or increasingly popping up, contact a professional stained glass repair company like us at Denver Stained Glass.
Stained Glass in Denver Victorian Homes
Are you the owner of an older Washington Park, colloquially known as “Wash Park,” or perhaps you reside in a Victorian Home in Park Hill east of City Park? If your house features stained glass, or you are considering replacing some windows with stained glass, regular restoration work is an important part of the process. Having a professional like the long-time experts at Denver Stained Glass is crucial to proper stained glass restoration that helps expand the lifespan of these lovely artisanal works.
The Fragility and Durability of Stained Glass
While glass can be fragile, it is also an extremely durable material that can last for years and years when regular and careful care is taken, as you can see in centuries-old cathedrals and castles in Europe as well as more modern Victorian houses in Denver.
Fracturing and breakage is most often caused by physical impact. Damage may happen from one of Denver’s annual hail storms, or perhaps a poorly aimed ball thrown by a child in your neighborhood. Regular use of operable doors and windows, can also result in the need for stained glass restoration. When you open or close a stained glass door or window, the vibrations or force used can lead to natural wear and tear. Dirt and soot naturally build up, too, exacerbated by the many windy days in Denver. Stained glass is also susceptible to scratching and etching from abrasives and chemicals, so it is important to know the glass before taking any steps.
Why Consider Stained Glass Restoration?
Issues are more likely to arise when you do not know the history of workmanship or care, including the workmanship in stained glass restoration. A stained glass restoration professional will be able to deduce what measures to take based on hints like building features, dates of construction and major additions, stylistic and compositional elements, types of reinforcement and leading, artists’ inscriptions, and more. For example, round bars were used since the Middle Ages and up until the 1920s, whereas flat bars were introduced in the late 1800s and increased in commonality in modern times. Detailed considerations like these can literally make or break the stained glass restoration process.
Denver Stained Glass has been locally owned and operated for 25 years, helping Denver residents with stained glass projects of all kinds. Contact us today for a consultation with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members. We’re happy to help with stained glass restoration projects of all shapes and sizes!
Stained Glass Windows Around The World
When you imagine stained glass you likely see it as living in the many churches across Europe and the US. Or possibly in vintage homes around this country like Ireland, France, and England. That is understandable since stained glass originated in Europe and then eventually spread the US. However, stained glass is neither European or American exclusively. In actuality, stained glass spread from Europe all across the world including places like Russia, South America, and even the Asia. One country where stained glass thrives and whose windows rival any others in the world is Singapore. There we see towering stained glass windows in exquisite chapels and cathedrals of all denominations. This stained glass is as colorful and lively as any we see here in the States or Europe–and something to cherish just the same. That’s right, the stained glass in Singapore is amazing! So much so, we have taken the time to list some of our favorite examples from the myriad and magnificent Singapore stained glass window marvels.
Denver Stained Glass Denver’s Favorite Singapore Stained Glass Examples
Stained Glass Windows In The Blessed Sacrament Church
The stained glass windows in this stunning church Founded in 1958 are a sight to behold! In fact, the entire church has conservation status, protecting its iconic slate roof and stained glass from being lost to time.
Stained Glass Windows In The Church Of Saints Peter And Paul
One of the oldest Catholic churches in Singapore, the Church of Saints Peter and Paul is in a lovely Neo-Gothic style and breathtaking stained glass windows to match its vaulted ceilings. The church was newly restored, assuring these lovely stained glass windows are around for the next generation
Stained Glass Windows In the church OF Saint Teresa
The church of Saint Teresa is set atop a little hill on Kampong Bahru Road and is almost 100 years old. It’s Beautiful stained glass windows are set within triple arches on the sides of the church giving the entire sanctuary and ethereal look. This stained glass is truly out of this world!
Denver Stained Glass For Staind Glass Windows In Denver
If you have any questions about these stained glass windows or are interested in stained glass for your Denver church or home, contact us at Denver Stained Glass for pricing and design options today!
While it may seem as though the powerful biblical messaging found within many stained glass pieces may be simplistic in nature often showcasing biblical figures, passages from the Bible, and biblical scenes, there’s actually even more symbolism that can found within the colors used. There are also many hidden symbols that represent powerful messages that can be found within Medieval stained glass windows.
Minor Repairs To Broken Church Stained Glass and Small Cracks
Cracks in stained glass are pretty common and definitely something you will start to see on older glass that has stood the test of time. If you have looked at your Grand Junction church’s stained glass and seen chips, cracks, and even broken glass– you are not alone. As it were, minor repairs, like replacing a few pieces of broken glass here are fairly easy to repair in the frame but for major repairs to stained glass windows, the entire window absolutely must be removed and the stained glass repaired in a professional studio. Small repairs are called drop-in work and are something we, at Denver Stained Glass, do quite frequently, although we do major restoration work too. Drop in work usually entails cutting the came flange around the broken piece of glass at the solder joints then folding it back to repair or replace the old glass. We try to keep the original glass in the window whenever possible–but if necessary we are quite skilled at creating matching pieces in our studios.
Repairing Cracks In Grand Junction Church Stained Glass
For badly cracked stained glass–replacement is the only options. In very bad cases like these, the church stained glass window is best restored by removing it and replacing the glass. But, other times, small cracks can be fixed without replacing the glass and while it is in place. It all depends on where the affected glass is located and how badly it is cracked. Remember, since cracks in stained glass will enlarge over time (as the edges grind against one another) it is important to have cracks looked at and repaired as soon as you see them.
Stained glass options for repair include:
Copper Foiling: One of the oldest and most common ways to repair stained glass cracks on church glass. It is usually the best option when a piece of glass has only one or two cracks. In this method a thin copper foil is laid along each side of the break, trimmed and soldered. Since the foil is so incredibly thin, it has little aesthetic impact on your Grand Junction church’s stained glass
* Please note: copper foil repairs should not be used on unstable glass
Epoxy Edge-Gluing: This technique results in an almost invisible line and is, for this reason, often used on painted glass. The reason why is because epoxy can be tinted to match the glass. This is also a great method for shattered glass or microscopic cracks. Epoxy produces a very strong repair but deteriorates in sunlight–so it usually requires secondary glazing to protect it from UV degradation.
Silicone Edge-Gluing: This repair method has the lowest strength and is a quick fix used when a flexible joint is needed. However, it will do nothing for the long-term strength of your glass. Luckily it is easily removed because it is unattractive and essentially useless long for the preservation of valuable church stained glass.
Although Denver Stained Glass is a company that primarily focuses on the front range, we have done numerous church stained glass repairs and restorations in Grand Junction and all over the western slope. So please Contact us today for more information and pricing on repairing and restoring the stained glass in your Grand Junction church!
Denver homeowners are always looking for ways to enhance their interior decor and curb appeal. With so many different design options available, it may seem difficult to find the right investment for your home. Custom painted glass delivers a highly versatile medium that can portray virtually anything you’d like, adding a touch of beauty, artistry, and color to your home. Painted glass can be installed within your home or in one of the exterior windows, improving curb appeal and decor.
Benefits of Custom Painted Glass for Your Denver Home
Painted glass is a type of stained glass feature where one of our advanced artists hand paints whatever design our clients are looking for. These designs and images can be anything, ranging from detailed portraits to landscapes. Painted glass can be a stand-alone piece or it can be incorporated into a larger stained glass panel that frames it. Our stained glass artisans are highly skilled in many different painting techniques and can bring any of your ideas to fruition. We have all colors at our disposal, allowing us to perfectly color match whatever you’d like. Once your design is painted, we bake the glass in our commercial kiln at approximately 1250 to 1400 degrees in order to physically bond the paint to the glass.
Design Process for Custom Painted Glass for Denver Homes
We provide a free in-home consultation in order to better understand the intended space and project goals. From there, one of our stained glass artisans sits down with you to hand sketch your painted glass ideas. Once the sketch is completed, we utilize advanced computer-aided design software for optimal proportions. Through the entire design process, we ensure our client reviews everything at least eight to ten times prior to painting and assembly. You’ll love the stunning, detailed custom art created just for your Denver home!
Denver Stained Glass believes that historical preservation and property restoration is vital in keeping our rich cultural history alive. Finding value within your home, business, neighborhood, or community can happen through a variety of different mediums. It can be difficult finding reliable information regarding home and business restoration– that’s why we’ve compiled a list of our favorite recommendations for helpful organizations that provide comprehensive knowledge and experience. We hope these local resources deliver a solid foundation for your next restoration project or inspires you to learn more about preserving culturally significant heritage sites.
1. Colorado Arts and Crafts Society
The Colorado Arts and Crafts Society, CACS, is a nonprofit organization that serves in preserving and studying the arts and crafts movement in Colorado as well as the rest of the nation. With an abundance of lectures, tours, and other educational programs, CACS works to enhance awareness regarding our rich cultural heritage depicted through the arts and crafts movement. Preserving local art in homes, businesses, and their personal research library throughout the Denver area is vital to the CACS. Access to CACS’ extensive resources is available for an affordable annual membership through their website. They also feature many volunteer opportunities for those who would like hands-on experience and to give back.
2. History Colorado
History Colorado is a charitable organization that’s also an agency running under the Department of Higher Education. History Colorado delivers comprehensive access to heritage and cultural resources ranging from community museums to educational programs designed for adults and families. Their progressive programs and services promote historic preservation and archaeology. History Colorado also provides access to their large collection of historical photography, artifacts, and archives. This Smithsonian Affiliate has an impactful historic preservation grant program that has awarded over $286 million in grants to all 64 counties across the state of Colorado, resulting in more than $1.5 billion impact on our economy.
3. Colorado Preservation, Inc.
Colorado Preservation, Inc., CPI, is a nonprofit organization that promotes the historic preservation of Colorado by offering extensive advocacy, education, outreach, and preservation services to communities and individuals throughout our state. By collaborating with local government leaders and other nonprofit organizations, CPI is proud to help Coloradans save historic places that are culturally relevant. Restoration and preservation of these significant properties throughout Denver and surrounding areas is the main project work CPI undertakes.
4. Preservation for a Changing Colorado
Preservation for a Changing Colorado is actually a project funded by History Colorado and Colorado Preservation, Inc. This nonprofit organization delivers financial reports regarding historical preservation and the considerable contributions these projects have on our state and local economies. For those interested in the financial aspect of historical preservation and the implications they have on job creation, tourist economy, household income, and tax revenue can have direct access to those figures within this resource.
5. The Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation
The Office of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, OAHP, is in charge of the State Historical Fund which utilizes limited gaming throughout Colorado communities for funding that is used for historical preservation throughout the state. This government-run agency is also a chapter of the Department of Higher Education. OAHP works hard to engage Coloradans in partnerships to discover, preserve, and take pride in our local architectural, archaeological, and other historic places throughout our state. With a variety of different programs offered, OAHP provides statewide leadership and support to all their partners in historic preservation, restoration, and archaeology.
6. Historic Denver
Historic Denver is a nonprofit organization that began their project work by saving the Molly Brown House Museum from demolition. Historic Denver strives to protect, promote, and restore significant historical properties throughout the Denver metro area. By educating locals about architectural heritage and promoting project awareness, Historic Denver has found effective, functional ways for historical sites to remain intact and restored for modern use. Historic Denver also provides a plethora of resources containing preservation solutions for property owners and neighborhoods.
7. Gathering of the Guilds
Gathering of the Guilds is actually an event hosted by the Colorado Arts and Crafts Society that happens annually at the historic Boettcher Mansion. This wonderful, historical arts event promotes a multitude of different vendors, presentations regarding the arts and crafts movement, and efforts in preserving the rich, local culture. This event is a great place to learn more about restoration and preservation in regards to the arts and crafts movement.
With so many different nonprofit organizations and local events that discuss proper restoration and preservation, finding relevant information has never been so easy. It’s wonderful knowing so many passionate citizens reside in Colorado and are constantly striving for historical preservation of culturally significant properties and past art forms. We always believe that preserving different mediums of art, including stained glass, can really be vital for future generations.
For more information regarding organizations that promote preservation and restoration that serve the state of Colorado, please contact us or call: (720) 509-1919
Best Practices For Homeowners For Seamless Stained Glass Installation
You final bought that lovely stained glass window you have been envisioning for your Denver home, our craftsmen are busily piecing it together and you–are incredibly excited to get it installed. That is exactly the mood we are going for here at Denver Stained Glass and to make it that much more of a joyful experience, we have created a list of dos and don’ts to make your stained glass experience fun and favorable. With a little bit of help from your household, we will make your stained glass installation as fabulous as the window you are about to receive!
DO: Prepare The Area. In general, our stained glass installations are simple and quick. But, it is still a process that could involve dust, scraps, and/or chemicals. For this reason, it is best if you take measures to protect your furnishings, walls, carpets by covering them with plastic. However, definitely call us about this or talk to your consultant because in some cases, you may not need worry. Also, remove valuables– our installers are top notch but it is simply a good practice for you to be in when working with any contractor.
DON’T: Don’t attempt to help your stained glass installer, lift the window or touch any of the tools. This is mostly a precautionary measure to prevent you from getting hurt but also is more convenient for you, our cherished customer. Allow the guys you paid to do the job and relax. Remember– their labor is written into our stained glass pricing.
DO: Stick Around. Most of our stained glass window installations are done in one day. Some are more depending on the size and scope of your job. But you will be told exactly how long your job will take days before it begins. Even if it is an extended project, you will be able to stay in your home while it is ongoing.
DON’T: Let your pet near the job site. Not only are pets huge distractions during install but the area is not safe for them to be in. In the long run, keep Fido behind a gate is best for you, your pet and the installer.
DO: Contact us with any questions or concerns. The stained glass window you bought for your Denver home is something you have dreamed of and paid good money for. Don’t hesitate to use us for any purpose throughout the process. We are always happy to answer questions and have a fair amount of experience to draw on to do so. We want the whole process, including the installation to be an exciting and positive experience.
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Denver Stained Glass specializes in custom stained glass for all sorts of Denver properties including homes, churches, and businesses. We can help create the custom stained glass feature you’ve always dreamt of regardless of the setting or budget. We believe that creating unique, beautiful stained glass shouldn’t be restricted due to budget constraints. We work hard with budget-conscious clients that are passionate about having stained glass on their property.
As our real estate market continues to boast a seller’s market, it’s never been a better time to invest more into your home and property equity. Finding small home improvement projects that can really improve home value and curb appeal may seem overwhelming. Custom residential stained glass offers full creative reign to Denver homeowners, giving open opportunity to elevate whatever theme you’re looking for.
Benefits of Custom Residential Stained Glass for Denver Homes
Stained glass is such a versatile medium that can be designed to fit your existing space and interior decor. From colorful, traditional stained glass to timeless, leaded stained glass, creating the right design for you Denver home is just a call away. Stained glass is an effective privacy solution that obscures any unwanted views into your home while still allowing in that beautiful Colorado sunshine. Stained glass can improve curb appeal and become the centerpiece of any room. Perfect for entryways, bathrooms, living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, basements, and much more, stained glass can improve property equity as well. Our custom services enable you to enhance any existing space in your home, creating meaningful family imagery to purely decorative designs.
Design Process for Custom Residential Stained Glass for Your Denver Home
Denver Stained Glass is proud to offer free in-home consultations for our Denver clients. This consultation allows us to assess the spaces applicable for stained glass and any project goals, challenges, and requirements you may have. Our stained glass artisans also take this opportunity to sit down with you to hand draw any of the ideas you may have. We’re happy to show you our portfolio as well if you need a little inspiration. We submit any of our hand sketches into our computer-aided design software, utilizing Photoshop for perfect coloring.
For more information regarding custom residential stained glass for your Denver home, please contact us or call: (720) 509-1919
As businesses from every industry blossom in Denver, finding a way to individualize your commercial property that also promotes brand visibility can be difficult. With so many visual marketing tools out there, finding the right one can really ensure you get the most out of your money. Stained glass provides a flexible medium that’s not only unique but eye-catching for potential customers with all different backgrounds. Denver Stained Glass is proud to offer premium commercial custom stained glass services for all of our Denver clients.
Benefits of Custom Commercial Stained Glass for Denver Businesses
Denver businesses have a lot to benefit from custom commercial stained glass. Our custom commercial glass services can help business owners bring their design ideas to fruition. From custom signage to complete stained glass facades, we’ve got you covered. Stained glass can incorporate any designs you may have in mind from portraits to wording– virtually any color and style is available as well. Whether you have an Irish pub in Denver that needs traditional Celtic stained glass or a contemporary boutique space seeking a privacy solution that still emits an abundance of natural lighting, stained glass is the expressive solution for your commercial property.
Design Process for Custom Commercial Stained Glass for Your Denver Business
We begin every custom stained glass project with a free on-site consultation to evaluate client needs, goals, challenges, and any design ideas you may have. This also provides an opportunity for one of our local stained glass artisans to sit down with you to hand sketch your marketing ideas for your Denver business. We’re happy to share our portfolio if you’re in need of some inspiration! We utilize computer-aided design software and Photoshop to create a beautiful finalized design plan for your approval prior to production.
For more information regarding custom commercial stained glass for your Denver business, please contact us or call: (720) 509-1919
About Our Sister Company Scottish Stained Glass
Here at Denver Stained Glass, we are a proud sister company of the well renowned Scottish Stained Glass company and for good reason. Our owner Martin Faith moved to the US from Glasgow and with him, he brought old-world stained glass traditions which he painstakingly meshed with the latest in stained glass technologies. This combination elevates our stained glass to another level of craft.
This blending of old and new world techniques does things like:
- Using dark leads,
- Using hidden solder joints
- Precision soldering temperatures
- A proprietary polishing process
But also includes newer convention like
- Use of high tech CAD programs
- High-tech renderings
- A proprietary polishing process
This combination of computer enhanced and freehand design, as well as adherence to the old school fundamentals of the craft, make our stained glass truly superior.
The Scottish Difference: And What It Means For You
We often speak about the Scottish Difference here and what we are referring to is our supreme craftsmanship by us and our sister studios across the United States. Moreover, it includes a company-wide commitment to excellent customer service. You will see this dedication in everyone from our sales consultants to our service crews, from the moment you first make contact with our team. We have a company-wide commitment to listen carefully to our customers and help accordingly. In fact, going the extra mile is just in a day’s work for us Our customer-first attitude, paired with incredible craftsmanship, is what we call “the Scottish difference”
Denver Stained Glass For All Of Denver Stained Glass Needs
The Scottish Stained Glass company has crafted fine stained glass for over 25 years and 12,000 customers, and 40,000 windows later, we just keep getting better. Whether you are a church looking to repair your antique stained glass or a Denver homeowner who is ready to purchase heirloom quality stained glass– Denver Stained Glass is the company to call. Our extraordinary commitment to quality means your project may take a bit longer and cost a fraction more than big box studios or single person shops but when you want a stained glass window that will last generations, paying for quality is always a good idea!
For more information about our love of stained glass here at Denver Stained Glass, our commitment to excellence in customer service, or to schedule a free consultation, contact Scottish today and see the Scottish difference for yourself!
Denver Stained Glass provides purely custom stained glass pieces for our Denver customers. We strive to deliver only the highest quality custom stained glass pieces that reflect whatever taste and style our customers desire. From fully colored, traditional stained glass windows to classic, leaded stained glass cabinetry, we’ve got you covered. Often times we have clients that take inspiration from certain art movements, artists, or other famous stained glass pieces. One of the more popular choices among our Denver clientele is the Prairie style stained glass design, inspired by the late Frank Lloyd Wright.
Denver Stained Glass is the premier custom stained glass studio in the Denver area. We offer premium stained glass services offering homeowners and business owners the opportunity to create stunning pieces of art. From colorful, traditional pieces to elegant, leaded stained glass panels, we’ve got you covered. One of our favorite artists that continues to inspire us is Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an innovative Scottish artist and architect that has sculpted his own era of architecture and interior design including stained glass.
Stained Glass Increases The Value Of Your Denver Home In More Ways Than One
You are probably well aware how gorgeous stained glass is and the elegance it adds to any home lucky enough to have stained glass on its windows, doors and other areas. However, what you may not know is just how much stained glass can be worth to you when it comes time to sell your Denver home. That’s is correct–stained glass windows don’t just hold their value when it comes time to sell but to increase the value of your home too.
How Stained Glass Affects The Sale Of Your Denver Home
Stained Glass Windows Increases The Sale Price Of Your Home: Stained glass has a very good return on investment and is known to make homes appraise for much higher than homes without stained glass windows. So, the stained glass window that you pay $300 for could end up appraising at $3000. In fact, many stained glass windows appraise for more than $100 per square foot. By investing a little in stained glass today, you can ensure your home not only holds its resale value but actually gains value as it ages too!
Stained Glass Windows Add Curb Appeal To Your Home: Every buyer is looking for curb appeal in their new home. Stained glass is bright, beautiful and highly visible from the outside (especially stained glass in entryways and on transom windows). So, when people are looking at your home (with stained glass windows) versus similar homes without it, the loveliness of your stained glass could push your home into first position in the mind of a potential buyer.
Stained Glass Windows Give Your Home A Higher Perceived Value: The actual value of a home is something easy for you and a buyer to understand–it is the price it appraises for. However, there is also something called the perceived value that is a little more abstract. This is how much the buyer thinks of your home as costing. This is where stained glass really shines. Studies show that even if two homes have the same actual value, buyers perceive homes with stained glass to be more valuable. This means they are likely to bid higher to get them and if it comes to a bidding war, more likely to continue bidding higher because of this perception of value. This also means, in a cool seller’s market, a home with stained glass will sell faster.
Watch the customer testimonial below to hear about all the benefits of stained glass:
For more information on how stained glass will increase the value of your home, contact Denver Stained Glass today for a free consultation!
By Martin Faith
As the religious stained glass housed in Denver churches begins to reach the age bracket of 75 to 100 years old, it’s time for church owners to consider restoration before permanent damage occurs. Religious stained glass can play a key role in the worship process, providing your congregation with powerful imagery and symbolism. Stained glass restoration is a comprehensive process that can restore your stained glass to its original glory while adding another century to its lifespan for future generations to treasure.
How to Care for Stained Glass Windows in Your Denver Home
Most homeowners don’t realize that stained glass windows aren’t any weaker than that of any other window. They are simply more valuable, harder to manufacture, repair and replace, should something happen to it. Also, stained glass windows are pieces of art decorating your home, meaning, you want to keep it looking its best for as long as you can. This is why it is essential to properly care for and maintain your home’s stained glass. Below are a few tips from us to you to help you care for your glass. It is important to note that stained glass that was properly crafted from the start could last 80-100 years before needing repair–when properly maintained.
Denver homeowners agree that the handcrafted look is highly desired throughout the different neighborhoods in the Denver area. Handcrafted decor, interior design, and furniture are all very popular, offering an unique aesthetic. For those looking for an elegant, interested way to make their home stand out while adding equity and curb appeal to their property, stained glass delivers just that. This versatile medium defines handcrafted, giving Denver homeowners exactly what they’re looking for.
How to Spot Damage in Your Denver Home’s Stained Glass Windows
A lot of the stained glass and leaded glass in this country is nearing or at the 100-year mark. It is right around this time that stained glass will begin need restoration barring any unforeseen problems due to accidental breakage or something stemming from poor craftsmanship. So, if you own an older home in Denver area and you have stained glass windows, for the proper and timely care it may be time to have your stained glass looked at by a professional. However, just because your glass is old, does not necessarily mean it needs restoration. There are ways you can tell just by looking at your stained glass that repairs are imminent though–below are some things to look for in your aging stained glass windows to give you an idea of whether or not it needs repair or simply cleaned.
Stained glass is often considered an antique art form with a more traditional composition and imagery. Although traditional forms of stained glass are still featured in many homes and commercial buildings in Denver, new stained glass is actually being incorporated in modern architecture in the most beautiful way. Stained glass artisans are really transforming the use of this unique medium to compliment contemporary commercial and residential properties. With endless colors, textures, and design options, stained glass offers so many creative, artistic directions.
The Evaluation Process Of The Del Rio Church Stained Glass
At Denver Stained glass one of our fortes is restoring stained glass to its former look and luster. One such example of this is a job we did for a small but lovely chapel in Del Rio Texas– The First United Methodist Church. As diminutive chapel yes but rich in history and stunning beauty.
By Martin Faith
The religious stained glass restoration process can be both time consuming and rigorous. This multi-step process can take up to two months, depending on the size and damage involved in each project. It is important for everyone in Denver exploring the stained glass restoration process to understand the various complexities required that inevitably increase restoration cost as well as antique equity value.
If you’ve ever taken a walk through the Capitol Hill area or Park Hill area, you may have noticed that many of the older homes have stained glass windows. These types of antique stained glass panels are popular for Denver’s historic neighborhoods, though they can make a charming addition to contemporary homes as well.
By Martin Faith
Looking for that special design factor to really make your business stand out? Are you trying to find something specifically customized and designed for your Denver restaurant or bar? Do you have unique architectural features in your commercial property that you’d like to highlight for patrons? Denver Stained Glass creates beautiful stained glass windows, business signs, entryways, and more for Denver restaurant and bar owners.
Famous Stained Glass Style For Denver Homes
At Denver Stained Glass we hear the terms “Tiffany Glass” Or “Tiffany Style” Stained Glass” from our customers fairly often. They are often used interchangeably but what some people may not realize is they are actually different things. One the one hand, TIffany Stained Glass was a style was developed and perfected in the Tiffany studios between 1878 to 1933. Read more…
Did you know that in the last thirty years, the population of Colorado has grown by 145 percent? And as more and more people move to Denver, neighborhoods are becoming more compact with the homes being built more closely together which is creating less privacy for many families. But luckily here at Denver Stained Glass, we have a solution. Hallway/stairway stained or leaded glass can provide privacy for your Denver home and ease the discomfort for your guests and family.
Ah, Colorful Colorado. Those who live here love it and those who don’t wish they did or are planning to. If you’re like many Coloradoans and love your home state, you should consider doing something to show off your state pride like adding a Colorado themed stained glass window to your home. Painted glass landscapes and hanging panels are perfect for nature lovers who just can’t get enough of the great outdoors! They can add a touch of color and character to your architecture and they’re also enjoyable to just look at.
The Perfect Time For Stained Glass In Your Denver Home Is Now
It is no secret that the real estate market in Denver, Colorado is booming right now! If you are trying to find a house to buy that is not such a good thing. But, if you are looking to stay in your home or sell it, there could not be a better time for your state of affairs. Because of this incredible market for homeowners and sellers, we at Denver Stained Glass are convinced, and apparently, our influx of new customers are too, that this is the absolute perfect time to put stained glass windows on your Denver home. Why? Well, the reasons are clear and we at Denver Stained Glass hope that you will take advantage of this critical and profitable time for home ownership in Denver.
Why Stained Glass, Why Now?
Higher ROI/Resale Value: Stained Glass for homes right out of the gate, regardless of real estate conditions has a pretty impressive ROI. Typically people see a 10X return on stained glass window spending meaning, for instance, a three hundred dollar ($300) piece of stained glass could increase the market value by $3,000. In a market like Denver, your return is sure to be much higher.
Increased Home Perceived Value: Just as stained glass increases the actual value of your home, it also increases the perceived value, meaning when people walk into your home the value they believe your home to have, is influenced by the stained glass they see. This is a fantastic tool for selling your home for the highest price possible if you are looking to sell. Even if you are not, it’s still a jaw dropping feature for guests who visit your home.
Upgrade Your Home Instead Of Move: Right now, even though home prices are at an all time high, it is very difficult for those who own homes in Denver to actually move. This is because even when you sell your current home for far more than you paid, you still need to find a place in a price range that doesn’t eat up all your profits. This is why people are opting to stay in their home and simply upgrade what they have to fit their needs. Putting in some custom stained glass windows is a great way to get the home of your dreams without moving! And as mentioned above, you are increasing the value significantly anyway with stained glass so-i-it is a win-win.
If we have you as convinced as we are that right now is the time to put stained glass windows on your Denver home, contact us today and let’s get you going on the custom stained glass windows and the home of your dreams!
Stained Glass Family Crests As Gifts
Buying a present for a close member of your family can be really challenging. Perhaps it is because you know them so well, you know they have everything they really need. This is especially true for adult children with their parents. It doesn’t help that parents often say they don’t want any more stuff and usually are giving away stuff to your, their child, as they are growing older. But one thing that parents are never short of is sentimentality. They love to reminisce and hold a strong sense of nostalgia for family. This is why giving the gift of a stained glass family crest is the perfect idea for a gift for your parents. While that may be the best reason, it is not the only one. Below are some other reasons we have found that stained glass family crests work so well as gifts from adult children to their parents.
Stained Glass Crests Are Customizable: Stained glass family crests are 100% customizable. With over 600 colors in Denver Stained Glass design arsenal, we can find one to match your existing coat of arms. And with a mix of pieced and painted stained glass, we can make any family crest into a stained glass masterpiece not matter how intricate.
Stained Glass Crests Will Become Family Heirlooms: As people age, they tend to want less trivial stuff and more things that have meaning and last. While your parents will be happy to enjoy their stained glass family crest–they will be even happier to know it will be passed down to the next generation when they are gone.
Stained Glass Crests Are Transferable: Our family crests are most commonly made as hanging pieces. This means you can give a gift that is easily transferred from one family member to another when the time comes. Even if you opt for a stained glass window–that window is removable to pass on to future generations.
If you are interested in giving your parents or another family member a cherished stained glass family crest–contact Denver Stained Glass today!
Church stained glass tends to carry the most sentimental value for our clients, as it should, considering the momentous life occasions that take place beneath said glass generation after generation. At Denver Stained Glass we understand this, which our entire repair or replacement process is geared toward leaving you confident that the windows we create or repair for you will last 80-100 years before needing upkeep. Our process begins with an on-site consultation.
On-site Consultation For Religous Stained Glass
One of our stained glass experts will come out to your church, chapel, mosque or synagogue to look at and inspect your existing window. Once we access your needs we move you into the design and pricing phase.
Design For Religious Stained Glass
A big part of the design phase is knowing your budget so we can consult with you on how to get a stained glass window that is price right for you. Also, we understand that working with a church requires a diplomatic and inclusive approach so we take the time to ensure that you and your church members are completed satisfied. Some popular designs for Denver religious institutions are:
● Abstract designs: These unique but familiar shapes give a breathtaking, almost ethereal effect when sunlight shines through the windows
● Traditional stained glass: We can replicate traditional designs that you are fond of or simply traditional designs that suit the overall style of your facility and services.
● Picturesque scenes: Mountain designs, sunburst, flowers, and trees are colorful are all popular and stunning for churches and other religious facilities.
● Biblical stories: Great sources for congregational inspiration and truly timeless.
And don’t worry, you will know exactly what the design you choose will look like because we will show you a rough sketch, CAD drawing, Photoshop mockup, and actual glass samples to ensure you have a very clear idea of the final product
Stained Glass Installation
We have various methods of installation and we clearly walk you through all of them and pick the right one for your job. Our craftsmen are professional and will get the job done within budget and on time.
Denver’s Religous Stained Glass Experts
Regardless of whether we are replacing, repairing or restoring we have the skills and know how to make your churches stained glass experience easy, smooth and best of all beautiful! Contact us today for a free on-site estimate.
In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, stained glass also has many practical uses as well. One of these such uses is custom signage for retail storefronts, bars, and restaurants. At Denver Stained Glass, we frequently partner with business owners in the Denver area to provide them with stained glass signs and other unique and eye catching additions to their business.
Although it may come as a surprise, stained glass has actually been used in commercial architecture for decades. Most commonly, prairie and art deco styles are chosen for commercial establishments like hotels and restaurants to create a vintage or antique look. We talked to our designers about their ideas for ways hotel and restaurant owners in Denver can use stained glass to enhance their architecture and this is what they came up with.
If you’ve ever been to the Colorado Capitol, then you know that it’s much more than a government office; it’s a museum full of beautiful and historic artwork. Inside the Capitol building in downtown Denver are several stained glass windows that so remarkable, they’ll have you staring for days. Not only are these stained glass windows incredibly intricate and beautiful, they’re also a representation of an important part of Colorado’s history.
Thinking about remodeling your bathroom this summer? If so, you should seriously consider incorporating stained glass into your bathroom design. Elegant and sophisticated, bathroom stained glass is a great choice for Denver homes of all styles and sizes. And to help you get started, our team of designers put together this list of ideas of ways to use stained glass in your bathroom renovations.
Stained Glass Repair For Your Denver Home
At Denver Stained Glass, we consider ourselves stained glass craftsmen and as such, we do more than simply create beautiful works of stained glass art, we also have the experience needed to restore and repair the stained glass in your home or church. This includes replacing broken pieces, re-leading windows, and fully restoring pieces to their original beauty. In fact, the windows we restore are strong by far than the original stained glass window.
How Denver Stained Glass Restores Stained Glass Windows
Stained and leaded glass repair are easier than you may think. They can take some time in our studio but rarely intrude on life in your home. There are three ways we typically repair stained glass windows.
Softened, bending lead: If your piece has lead that has bent dramatically or even broken completely, we can re-lead the window to restore it completely, and sometimes add structural support for a longer-lasting window.
Broken glass: We have access to hundreds of colors and textures of glass, and we are typically able to match the glass in your antique piece. We can replace single panes of glass to restore your window.
Re-polishing: If your window is looking dull, or if the patina has worn off, we can re-polish it to make it look as good as new!
The difference in the stained glass in your Denver home will be amazing after we restore it. Many people cannot believe how much brighter the window looks when restored to its original state. Don’t wait another minute to bring the beautiful stained glass window in your house back to life. Contact Denver Stained Glass today to schedule a free, on-site estimate.
It’s no secret that the recent hailstorm in Denver caused quite a bit of damage. Golf ball sized hail broke through roofs, car windows, and walls on the west side of the city. And while many structures have been impacted by the damage, perhaps the most severe trauma has occurred to stained glass windows in Denver.
What little winter we had this year is gone and the time for spring cleaning, spring projects and, you guessed it, spring renovations is here. If you are like most homeowners there are probably about 100 different remodels inspired by Pinterest boards a plenty, that you would like to do on your house this spring. One of the most rewarding is arguably the kitchen BUT it is also a big bite to take as well. Add to this that kitchen style can be tricky to navigate. What goes with what, what is functional or just for show, what is too over the top. These are all considerations when remodeling your kitchen. However, one thing that we, at Denver Stained Glass, know for sure is, Stained Glass is always in style and a great way to start a kitchen renovation. This spring, when remodeling your kitchen a fantastic way to have an item to design your entire kitchen color palette and style around is, with custom stained glass from Denver Stained Glass and here is why.
1. Stained Glass For Kitchen Privacy: Stained glass is beautiful but don’t be confused, it is very useful as well. Stained glass is a great way to keep the eyes of the neighbors or passersby out of your home, while still letting in natural light and enhancing the look of your kitchen.
2. Stained Glass For Inspiration: Deciding what colors of style to use in a kitchen remodel can be hard. By installing a custom stained glass window first, you can get a clear vision for what direction you want to go with the remodel from there and have a definite color scheme before it even begins
3. Stained Glass As Centerpieces: Let’s face it, kitchen style can be incredibly bland and it is time-consuming to find just the right accent pieces to take you kitchen to the next level of style. Stained glass can be used in a variety of unique ways in your kitchen as brilliant pieces to design the kitchen around. As cabinet doors, divider pieces and traditional windows, stained glass simply sings!
No matter where you put stained glass in your home it is sure to please. But the first step to successful stained glass use is finding the right skilled craftsmen, like Denver Stained Glass, to make a true masterpiece for your home. Contact us today for a free consultation and get one step closer to the kitchen of your dreams this spring!
Stained Glass For Spring Weddings In Denver
Spring is a wonderful time, the warm weather, birds chirping and flowers blooming. It is a time of renewal, of birth and of love and to Colorado families and their soon to be brides and grooms–it is a time of weddings! As the season of love descends upon us here in Denver, if you are anything like us, you probably have more than a few save the dates under magnets on your refrigerator and also a fair amount of summer weekends marked off your calendar to attend the wedding of someone you love.
The Unique Wedding Gifts Of Stained Glass
It can be really difficult to find that perfect gift for that very special someone when they are getting married. Of course, there are registries and they certainly make things a bit easier, but those gifts can sometimes come across as trite and even cliche. When you are faced with options like registries for wedding gifts that just don’t cut it–that is where we, at Denver Stained Glass, come in. Our option for a wedding gift for those you love, that will have the newlywed couple smiling and maybe even shedding tears when they open it, is custom stained glass. Purchasing a custom stained glass panel or window for a young couple is such a great gift to mark the beginning of their lives together and is a gift of heirloom quality as well. It will is guaranteed to be something they will cherish and something so unique, there is no risk of duplicates.
Here are a couple of ways we see people customize stained glass window or panel to personalize it and make it extra special for the bride and groom:
Monograms: Have the first letter of the couple’s last name stylized in a field design of your choice.
Wedding Date: There is no better way to memorialize a wedding than to have the date included on a beautiful stained glass window or panel.
Wedding Colors: The colors a couple chose for their wedding are likely their favorite, so having a stained glass window or panel made with them is a sure bet.
Engagement Picture: Stained glass can be made to mimic a real life picture to memorialize the bride and groom in a stylish way.
Denver Stained Glass For Your Wedding Gifts
It doesn’t matter which stained glass design you choose to mark that special day because the bride and groom will appreciate the caring thought that went into their gift. However, if you don’t know exactly what size, color or style–don’t worry we have a solution. Many people who want the bride and groom to choose their own design buy them a gift certificate for the stained glass This means they can pick out exactly what they want to have made, to fit the area of their choosing, to remember their big day. Stained glass and stained glass windows may be something that is outside of your wedding gift budget, in which case it is a great idea to consider giving stained glass as a group gift. Which allows others to have a hand in this timeless gift as well!
If you live in the Denver area and are looking for a unique, wedding gift to mark the wedding of someone you love, contact Denver Stained Glass today to discuss a custom stained glass wedding design today!
Hail Damage to Stained Glass In Colorado
Like all Coloradans, the sound of hail is one that haunts you. It starts as a tiny tink-tink-tink outside your windows then turns into a loud thump-thump-thump on your car, your siding and even your windows. It is the sound of money leaving your pocket for the resulting repairs. Hail damages anything that sits unprotected under the Colorado Sky, including stained glass windows.
Stained Glass Windows With Hail Damage
Stained glass windows, although extremely durable, can suffer damage from the intense work of mother nature, like any other piece of property. Once it is damaged, the structural integrity of the glass is usually compromised and must be repaired promptly to ensure the damage is mitigated. This is where Denver Stained Glass comes in. Our specialty is stained glass repair and restoration from hail, wind and just the results of time overall. We remove, repair, replace and re-lead the broken panels, and are able to color match perfectly. Moreover, we’ve got you covered when the next hail storm happens because we are able to install a protective exterior to stop your windows from being damaged again.
Denver’s Stained Glass Hail Repair Expert
If you have a stained glass window that got hit by hail this last storm, your window could be damaged. The best course of action is to closely inspect your window or have Denver Stained Glass come out and inspect it for you. We are Colorado’s stained glass experts and we can take care of your glass better than all the rest. Contact us today for a free estimate on the cost of stained glass repair, restoration or replacement.
Stained Glass Windows As Art
Often times when people think about stained glass they associate it with churches right off the bat–and that makes sense since stained glass is practically ubiquitous to cathedrals, churches, synagogues and even mosques. Likely, stained glass is next most associated, in people’s minds with the victorian or craftsman eras of design. Anyone who owns a home built in either of those eras in fact probably has antique stained glass somewhere in their house already. This is in large part due to the fact that, during the mid to early 20th century designers like Frank Lloyd Wright and Greene and Greene, made the connection in American’s minds between home decor and stained glass. This ushered in a happy “new” tradition in modern stained glass design that continues in decor. At Denver Stained Glass we thrilled each day to carry on the work of design masters such as Frank Lloyd Wright and others who had such incredible influence on the path of stained glass and what we see on homes today.
Frank Lloyd Wright Style Stained Glass
The Numerous Practical Reasons For Stained Glass
There is no question that stained glass is a stunning work of art. But did you know it is often called a “practical art”? This is because it is an extremely versatile medium which can be customized to suit nearly any design style or taste. In today’s day and age, stained glass can be used in nearly any room in the in a house (bathroom, kitchen, living room, entryway) and used functionally as cabinet doors or even a fireplace screen. It is truly fascinating how stained glass is able to function as both art and as a practical solution for privacy issues.
Some other, just as important, reasons why you might consider installing stained glass:
• Stained glass is a beautiful privacy option– especially useful for spaces like bathrooms or bedrooms.
• Stained glass can block an unattractive view like a vacant lot or a close neighbor
• Stained glass can express your personal tastes and act as a centerpiece for a design overhaul.
The truth is, it doesn’t matter where you put stained glass because it is always sure to steal the show! Likewise, you are guaranteed to enjoy the elegance it provides daily. In fact, like most of our customers, you will probably find reasons to fall in love with it all over again day in and day out!
If you live in Colorado and are considering a stained glass window to brighten your decor, contact Denver Stained Glass today and let’s get going an heirloom quality piece of glass for you and your family to enjoy for generations to come!
One common method of restoring damaged stained glass is remodeling and renovation. Through the renovation process, windows that are dull, cracked, or dirty can be restored to their original shine and color. Stained glass renovation is a common request that we receive from Denver churches, homes, or businesses that have antique or aging windows.
Many homeowners choose to use their basement as an entertainment area or extra guest bedroom. But because of its underground setting, this area is not always the easiest to decorate. Our stained glass windows are perfect for giving the basement in your Denver home an aesthetically pleasing, high-end look and make you look like a master of interior design.
If you’re familiar with the historic Capitol Hill area downtown in Denver, then you’ve probably seen Saint John’s Cathedral. With ceilings reaching up to a incredible height of 65 feet, it’s a sight that’s difficult to miss. But what you may not know is that this cathedral houses something that’s special to Denver and a must see for tourists. The stained glass windows in Saint John’s are one of Colorado’s greatest wonders. Not only are they remarkable for their beauty, but they’re also the work of some of the most talented artists the world has ever seen.
If you’re looking for a way to enhance the appearance of your home or commercial building and highlight its unique architectural features, you may want to consider installing a custom stained glass installation. Denver Stained Glass creates beautiful stained glass windows, signs, entryways, and more for home and business owners all throughout the Mile High City. Stained glass is a creative way to add charm and aesthetic appeal to your architecture. Due to its shimmering, prismatic appearance, stained glass shines like a precious gem and creates a high end, vintage look in any setting in which it’s displayed.
Recently at Denver Stained Glass, we asked our artisans about what style of stained glass they enjoy designing the most. While answers varied, we found that one of the most popular responses we received was prairie, also known as Frank Lloyd Wright style stained glass. In fact, it seems Denver is quite a fan of this famous mid-century architect as modern homes and buildings inspired by his work can be seen all throughout the city. Since we too are fans, we decided that we’d share a little bit of information about the master of modern design and how he influences our work here at Scottish.
Do you have a basement that you use as an entertainment room or extra guest room? If so, you may have run into a problem of what to do with the bare window wells in this area. Window wells can be tricky to decorate and often have a view of nothing at all but a plain brick wall. Basement stained glass can cover up unattractive window wells in your Denver home without blocking out the sun. With stained glass, you can still enjoy natural brightness in your basement while enhancing your interior design.
If you’ve ever driven down Colfax near North Capitol Hill, then you’ve probably seen the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception. But what you may not know is that this building isn’t just the cathedral of the archdiocese of Denver. It’s also home to some of the most incredible religious artwork in the world.
From the windows in the Sainte Chapelle to the Chartres Cathedral, it’s widely know that religious sites host some of the most beautiful stained glass in the world. But we also have our own spectacular display of artwork right here in our Denver, Colorado churches. That’s why Denver Stained Glass has decided to launch this series of articles about the great church stained glass of Colorado. And first on deck is the stained glass in the United States Air Force Academy Chapel.
Christmas is a beautiful time of the year when families come together to celebrate the holiday as well as their love for each other. It offers a wonderful opportunity to gather around the fire, share stories, and enjoy each other’s company. And there’s just something magical about that moment on Christmas morning when your family gathers around the tree to open presents.
Come Visit our Denver, Colorado Showroom to See a Selection of Our Restored Stained Glass Panels Rescued from Destruction in Scotland
When our owner, Martin Faith, moved to Colorado with his wife in 1990, he brought with him his personal antique stained glass collection from Scotland. Martin had rescued this antique art from destruction throughout the 80’s and 90’s and built up quite an extensive collection over. He later had each panel repaired and restored to its original beauty to preserve this art that meant so much to his family and heritage.
Denver’s well-known for being one of the highest cities in the United States, but it also has a deep, rich history. It was originally founded as a mining town after the Pikes Peak Gold Rush in 1858. After the construction of the railroad, the city flourished and soon many homes, churches, and commercial buildings were established in the area.
Denver’s Premier Provider of Custom Stained Glass Entryways – We Provide Both the Door and the Stained Glass
One question that we’re frequently asked is how long can an entryway be expected to last? The answer to this question depends on how well the door was made and what materials were used. Many doors and entryways that are mass produced by large manufacturing companies last for approximately ten years or less due to the intensity of the weather here in Colorado.
But a custom stained glass entryway from Denver’s Scottish Stained Glass is an entirely different story. Due to the high quality of our materials and expert skill of our artisans, our stained glass entryways have the ability to last the entire lifetime of your home.
Many people own heirlooms or antiques that have been passed down through several generations of their family. Given to them by someone they love dearly such as their parents or grandparents, these items are usually treasured by their owners. Many people eagerly await the moment that they can pass on their precious heirloom to their children and thereby do their part to keep their family tradition alive.
At Scottish Stained Glass, when it comes to stained glass repair and restoration, we put forth our best effort into preserving as much of the original glass as possible. We work with care and thoughtfulness to replace damaged pieces so that the stained glass maintains its original appearance and shows its true beauty for years to come. Read more…
Are you considering installing stained glass for your home’s entryway, kitchen, or bathroom? Before you get in you car and drive to the nearest hardware store to begin your renovations, you many want to reconsider where you’re getting your product from. Oftentimes, the stained glass found in home improvement stores is mass produced, and generally not a very high quality product. Here are some reasons you may want to consider opting for custom stained glass for your Denver home: Read more…
Did you know that hail has caused more than $3 billion in insured damage in Colorado over the
past ten years? That statistic might mean nothing to you, but when your beautiful stained glass
windows are damaged in a hailstorm, the point is brought home in a most unfortunate way.
Nature can wreak havoc with anything man made, including stained glass. Read more…
Are you looking for stained glass art, Denver? The unique and beautiful kind? The kind you install into your windows and doors and it completely changes the look and feel of any room in your home or office?
We create custom hallway stained glass, Denver. So why leave your hallways dull and uninspired? Why leave them dark and drab? Why not add some beauty and interest, while taking full advantage of any windows you have in the hallway.
At Denver Stained Glass, installation is an important part of what we do. It’s equally important to coming up with the right design. It’s equally important to making an exact pattern. It’s equally as important as how our builders hand craft the stained glass window or door panel.
Are you looking for custom stained glass in Denver? If so, you’ve definitely wound up on the right website. We customize our designs to each client’s specifications, along with customizing the size and shape of the window or door panels as well.
Church stained glass has a long and glorious history, wouldn’t you agree? There are still stunning examples of religious stained glass found in churches, chapels, and cathedrals across Europe that date back hundreds of years, all the way back to the Middle Ages in some cases. When it comes to lovely and expressive church stained glass, Denver churches are not that old but some of their art work is just as magnificent.
We create custom stained glass windows for Denver homes, offices, commercial and municipal spaces, and for churches and other houses of worship. Denver Stained Glass is proud to be part of the largest stained glass studio of its kind in the country, using local designers and artisans.
Stained glass is built to last the test of time. Although glass is a rather breakable substance, intact stained glass windows have been found dating back hundreds of years. However, as stained glass windows age, they might become damaged and in need of either repairs or full restorations. The older, larger, and heavier these windows, the more likelihood that they will need restoration at some point.
When it comes to stained glass restoration, Denver residents are well advised to seek out a company with great experience in antique stained glass restoration projects large and small. Here at Stained Glass Denver, restoration is a large part of our business. We are always honored and intrigued at the chance to restore the work of a stained glass master who came before us. We love to study their designs and craftsmanship, and we love to restore their pieces back to their original beauty.
At Stained Glass Denver, custom designs are our stock in trade. Although most people don’t immediately think of it, the kitchen is one of our favorite places to install our hand crafted stained glass windows and door panels. Our clients are usually delighted when we suggest it, especially if they have been wanting a kitchen upgrade of some sort, but haven’t wanted the expense of a full kitchen remodel.
Stained glass can last for centuries, indeed, there are cathedrals and churches in Europe where the stained glass is hundreds of years old. However, it is likely to require restoration along the way. When stained glass hits the antique age, around one hundred years old, that is usually when it starts needing some TLC or a full restoration. When it comes to stained glass restoration, Denver Stained Glass has extensive experience.
Stained glass sidelights can do a tremendous amount for a home’s entryway. They can take it from ordinary to wow. From see through to private. From dull to sharp. From boring to phenomenal. With stained glass sidelights, Denver homes get an upgrade in style and privacy and value.