The second phase of leaded glass restoration at Church of Our Lady Immaculate in Guelph, Ontario.
By far the largest restoration project our studio has undertaken, this phase includes the north & south transept windows, including 6 clerestory windows, the five south nave groups, and the twenty-two groups in the ambulatory. All told there are about 550 individual leaded panels that make up all the windows. We feel honoured to be trusted with such a large and complex project.
Below is an example of the beautiful windows found in this church.
Below is an interesting detail in one of the windows on the north side of the Church of Our Lady in Guelph. If you look at the picture, you can see where we have begun to clean the halos of the three figures. They were painted over with a shellac based substance to obscure them. At the time the windows were created in 1907, the three Jesuit martyrs pictured had been beatified but not canonized as saints. It was not until 1930– 23 years after the windows are dated that they were canonized. Also notice the figure of Jean Brebeuf on the right. Half of his face has been cleaned revealing how much dirt and candle soot has collected on the windows.
Our employee Adam Frazee re-leads one of the panels from the north transept of the church.
In total there are about 550 individual panels which make up all the window groupings.
A beautiful rendition of the three wise men at the manger from Church of Our Lady. The rest of the window is currently under restoration.
This is the view from the clerestory scaffolding beside the altar.
The vents in the windows on the south side of the nave were badly rusted out. It was decided to replace them with these beautiful bronze vents complete with condensation trays. The trays will collect any moisture that collects on the windows and might run down onto the wood sill during a cold day when the church is full of parishioners. Fabricating in bronze is more costly, but they will never rust or require maintenance. In time they will develop a beautiful dark brown patina as the surface of the metal oxidizes. Below is a picture of a newly installed vent frame as it looks before it develops that patina.