In 2010, Stained Glass by Shenandoah began restoring the windows of Front Royal United Methodist Church. For the church and congregation, this was no small undertaking. Chosen from several local contractors, Stained Glass by Shenandoah expected this to be a five year project done in multiple phases. Less than three years later, bolstered by the hard work of the church committee led by Mary Burke, offerings for the stained glass poured in so regularly that the project is now complete, with the restoration of the tower windows being completed in early 2013.
For Stained Glass by Shenandoah, the project became a complete exercise in almost all facets of preservation, from the conservation of many hand-painted glass pieces to the addition of a new sanctuary window, complete restoration of all sanctuary windows, and the addition of new vented perimeter framing and protective glazing.
For broken or single cracked hand-painted glass pieces, Edge-Gluing was used wherever these valuable pieces needed to be saved. Several of these areas had existing “lead lines” in place for cracked glass. These were also conserved for a more lasting and visually appealing end result. Note the existing lead below the chin of Jesus in the third photo. This was corrected as shown in the far right photo.