Repair and Restoration
Hope Abbey Mausoleum
It may be the most joyful place I ever worked- Hope Abbey Mausoleum!
The Egyptian Revival building and the surrounding Eugene Masonic Cemetery were derelict. Some 82 zinc came windows had been smashed and the window openings bricked up. What appeared to be a dirt floor hid a layer of terrazzo.
Well into the second decade of volunteer work and fund-raising, the windows are re-made, the marble and terrazzo cleaned up, and many beautiful headstones have been restored along with other aspects of the revival.
Where the original glass panels were of zinc came painted copper, we used copper came for the new panels and new glass from the original supplier- Kokomo Opalescent Glass.
Musicians, who enjoy the unique acoustics, play music of many styles at the “Music To Die For” performances.
First United Methodist Church, Eugene, Oregon
The history of the First United Methodist Church website cites 1912 as the year a new church was built at 1185 Willamette Street. That church no longer exists; a new church was built in 1968 at 1376 Olive Street, the current location.
The 1912 church had Povey Brothers windows. The examples shown here are used in the current church.
An image from the December 6, 1980 edition of the Register-Guard shows me completing work on the narthex panel, which was actually an amalgamation from 1 wide and two slender panels that the church had in their basement.
The chapel window has an image of Christ. In 2012 Pete LaVelle and I worked on this window, replacing and patching a few pieces of glass and creating a more sound structure.
Cottage Grove Museum
The old Catholic church houses the Cottage Grove Museum, built in the style called an “eight-sided church.”
One dedication panel had the date 1895. These may be the oldest stained glass windows in Lane County.
A number of windows had bowed out and, with the bowing, had shrunk away from the frames at the top.
Along with some patching and replacement of shattered panels, the work involved getting the panels to be straight in their frames, re-attaching support bars, and re-puttying the windows. A Cottage Grove firm installed Lexan at the exterior for protection. This work was done in 2001.
The local lore had these windows as coming from Europe. This is not likely because the opalescent glass is all of domestic U.S. production.
However, the central images show painting and etching techniques, sometimes on flashed glass; these details may well be of European origin. I speculate that the central images may have been ordered from a different studio, perhaps from Europe, or perhaps from a sort of catalogue or supply house and incorporated into the larger design.
I was told that one window had fallen out during the Columbus Day storm. This is, without doubt, the Holy Spirit/dove window. The central image is rendered in a style different than all the other windows, employing none of the European glass or sophisticated techniques typical of the other central images.
Similar to the Cottage Grove Museum, these panels have a central painted feature.
We did some simple repairs on broken glass. The “Holy Bible” panel remains in what seems a reversed position.
My early training restoring church windows meant that I learned glass painting.
Glass paints are black to brown to reddish. They are used to render crisp opaque lines to subtle shading and everything in between. They are fired in a kiln for permanence.
The only true “stain” is silver stain. It comes in various formulations and, when fired, can impart anywhere from a pale yellow to a deep amber color. It is usually applied to the un-painted side of the glass and is fired last and at a slightly lower temperature than the glass paint.
English-style glass: British or not?
There is a common style of leaded panel that I think of as “English Style.” Some characteristics are a preponderantly clear textured panel with a simple and boldly colored center,
The most common colors are red, amber and green. They are not subtle blends- the reds are red or rose, the greens are green, etc. Blue and purple are less common.
Simple floral or geometric designs are centered in the panels.
The lead used is of a substantial size. The panels are as often as not in window sash, evidence they had been part of a home.
I think England because the glass often has textures that that were not produced by the old U.S. glass companies, and I am not familiar with this style of window being widely used in U.S. homes, yet these windows are abundant.
The wide lead helps these windows hang together. If the panel needs to be removed from the frame, the border lead is usually deteriorated and needs to be replaced.
Folio of repairs