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MAGNIFICENT WINDOW RESTORED AT DOMINGUEZ SEMINARY

Ancient Arts recently completed a restoration project on two large, beautiful stained glass windows at the Dominguez Seminary, Rancho Dominguez, California. The chapel where the stained glass is located is about 75 years old and is on the historic Rancho Dominguez property that dates back to the late 18th century. Although still known as Dominguez Seminary, the facility was transformed to a retirement home for Claretian priests after the Seminary closed in 1974.

Three sections of the stained glass were significantly bowing and sagging. These sections were removed to our studio for complete re-leading. The original stained glass artisans used six different sizes of lead, an unusually high number. In some areas, the different sizes helped define or emphasize elements of the design; in other areas, different leads were needed to accommodate some unusually thick pieces of stained glass. Identifying and replacing as closely as possible the different lead sizes was one of the most interesting challenges of the work.

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South Window, Chapel, Claretian Missionaries, Rancho Dominguez, CA. The large center section, 43" x 63" depicting St. Anthony Claret with the Blessed Virgin Mary, along with the section below this, were completely re-leaded.


   

Window Panel before and after restoration and reinstallation

THE ARTISTIC CHALLENGES OF STAINED GLASS RESTORATION

The window in question was located in the choir loft. There were four pieces that needed repair, but one central piece was much more challenging than the others. The remnant of this broken piece showed a fragment of the Sacred Heart and a fragment of an arrow piercing the Heart. The inscription “St. Augustine,” was intact. Further research by Ancient Arts showed that the Sacred Heart symbol associated with St. Augustine often includes a flame at the top of the Heart. The church reported that they were very happy with the thoughtfulness and accuracy of this restoration. They called us later in the year for another restoration to a panel in the main sanctuary.

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The "Holy Family" window at Navitity Catholic Church
was vandalized in November, 2011 and restored and
reinstalled in January, 2012.

 

NATIVITY CHURCH, TORRANCE, CA

The damage to the "Holy Family" window was caused by an unknown person who threw a heavy object at the window from the church parking lot in the middle of the night. In the photograph of the damaged window, at least six broken pieces are clearly visible. Several other pieces sustained cracks that are not visible in the photograph. The church plant manager discovered a photograph of a nearly identical window in our portfolio, of a restoration done for Holy Family Church in Wilmington in 1999. By making a visit to the choir loft at Holy Family, Wilmington, we were able to confirm all of the needed details for our restoration work at Nativity Church.

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CUSTOM MADE RESIDENTIAL STAINED GLASS EXPRESSES
THE PERSONALITY AND INTEREST OF EACH FAMILY

Leaded and Beveled Glass
Above Entry Door
San Pedro, CA, 2011

Stained Glass Window
Family Room
Palos Verdes Estates, CA, 2011

 

Leaded Glass
Fireplace Window
San Pedro, CA, 2012

 

NEW CHAPLE WINDOW INSTALLED AT SACRED HEART, COVINA, CA



Father William T. "Bill" Easterling contacted Ancient Arts in February, 2012 about the idea of creating a new stained glass window in the Rectory Chapel at Sacred Heart. Father Bill and his associates celebrate mass in this chapel together every day. Father Bill had a well thought out idea for the symbols he wanted to represent in the window.

The symbols include the logo of Sacred Heart of Covina, the bishop's crozier, the shamrock, the official symbol of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Our Lady Queen of Angels, the host, chalice and stole representing St. John Vianney, the patron of parish priests and the campanile (bell) wall of the San Gabriel Mission.

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STAINED GLASS CEILING FEATURED IN STAINED GLASS QUARTERLY

The ceiling panel, installed below a skylight is approximately 8' x 4' and is in the entry hall of a private residence in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. The design challenge involved picking up on the decorative metal artwork that has been featured on the homeowner's fireplace for many decades.

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OFFICE DOOR OF THE PASTOR

St. Thomas More
Irvine, CA, 2011

 

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Ancient Arts Stained Glass Studio provides design, fabrication, installation, repair and restoration services of custom decorative glasswork including stained glass, beveled glass and leaded glass
for churches and other religious institutions, commercial and residential clients. Located in San Pedro, serving Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange County, Southern California.

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