Pilgrims Window Restoration

Today I am looking at the Pilgrims Window Restoration project.

It is the time of year for giving thanks and giving gifts.

Do you have a person on your gift list that has everything and you can’t think of what to give them for the holidays?  Maybe, you are having a hard time coming up with gift ideas for your Dear Santa list that won’t cost a lot of money?  Maybe you feel that you would like to donate to a worthy cause as a way of saying “Thanks” for another fantastic year?

No worries, Looking At Glass is always here to help.  Over the next few weeks I will be passing along some unique and beautiful holiday gift ideas for you.

Idea #1  Give The Gift of Giving…And Preserve History

Brown Memorial Baptist Church in Brooklyn, NY has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund a desperately needed restoration of their Tiffany stained glass window.

Why not be a donor in honor or memory of a friend or loved one this season?  Or, you could ask Santa Claus to donate on your behalf?  I can’t think of a better way to show your love of the history of glass.  It’s the gift that will last a very long time.  The Kickstarter campaign is seeking $50,000 and will end on December 31, 2013.

CLICK HERE to visit the Kickstarter campaign site to learn more about this project and to donate to this worthy campaign.

The Pilgrims window is 40 feet high and 15 feet wide.
The Pilgrims window is 40 feet high and 15 feet wide.

One of the two prominent monumental windows designed and fabricated by the Tiffany Studios, ‘The Pilgrims’ was unveiled on Easter Sunday, March 30, 1891. Located in the sanctuary’s north transept, facing Gates Avenue, and standing at 40 feet high and 15 feet wide, the window is dedicated to Ebenezer L. Roberts, architect of the church building, and a longtime deacon and trustee of the original congregation. At the balcony level, ‘The Pilgrims’ window features a large central lancet panel depicting two pilgrims approaching an angel. Flanking the central figures are two smaller lancet panels with text from the King James Version of the Bible, Exodus 23:20: Behold, I send an angel before thee to keep thee in the way and to bring thee into the place I have prepared.” Above the figures of the pilgrims is a rose window depicting a domed structure, possibly a reference to both Roberts and the Kingdom of Heaven. The rose window is surrounded by nine smaller circular tracery windows constructed of brilliantly colored glass. At the first floor are four portrait lancet panels, with children’s faces presented as putti, surrounded by leaded art nouveau vines, with extracts from the scriptures at the lower section.

BrownMemorialBaptist.org

The upper left panel depicts the beginning of the Biblical scripture, Exodus 23:20
The upper left panel depicts the beginning of the Biblical scripture, Exodus 23:20

“The Pilgrims” window is in severely deteriorated condition, though remarkably intact and urgently in need of restoration. In 2004, the window was temporarily stabilized by the installation of temporary structural framing with plastic glazing on the lower sections of the window to catch loose pieces of glass and provide protection from vandalism. Many years of soot and dust have lodged between the plated sections of glass, causing large areas of the window to become opaque. The large central lancer has become detached from the wood frame making the window vulnerable to damage by wind & rain.There is significant loss of paint on anatomical features. In many panels the lead caming has failed and the putty sealing the glass to the cames is missing. Numerous pieces of glass are cracked or missing, especially at areas of scriptural text. Panels of glass, especially the lancets, have slumped in an accordion manner, and have buckled. The wood window frame has displaced sections, allowing water to enter into the frame, causing the frame and tracery to rot.

-Kickstarter.com

At the first floor are four portrait lancet panels, with children’s faces presented as putti, surrounded by leaded art nouveau vines, with extracts from the scriptures at the lower section.
At the first floor are four portrait lancet panels, with children’s faces presented as putti, surrounded by leaded art nouveau vines, with extracts from the scriptures at the lower section.

One thought on “Pilgrims Window Restoration”

  1. It is important to know if a studio has been selected to work on these windows, and VERY important to know which studio……many studios do NOT have sufficient expertise, and one cannot rely on the lowest bid……that is a MAJOR mistake.

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