Religious & Church Stained Glass
There are few art forms more stunning than stained glass. For centuries, stained glass has found its place in churches, homes, and buildings across the world. Not only is stained glass beautiful to look at, but it’s also an important part of art history and many cultures.
Below, we’ve outlined some of the best place to visit to see stunning examples of stained glass. If you’re a stained glass lover, these destinations are an absolute necessity for your travel bucket list.
The History Of Stained Glass In Texas
Texas has a long and glorious history and its stained glass history is no exception. This is in large part because it is home to a myriad of beautiful places of worship. It is also is due to tot he fact that our lovely state takes great pride in historic preservation in general–stained glass notwithstanding. Churches and cathedrals both urban and rural pack our love Texas landscapes and each and every one of them has a story and poignant cultural relevance. As lovers of stained glass history and monuments here in Texas, we, at Stained Glass San Antonio have listed some of the states most lovely and historically significant churches and cathedrals.
St. Mary’s Catholic Church – Fredericksburg, TX
Built by Catholic German immigrants settled in the historic Texas town of Fredericksburg this church was constructed in 1908. It is made up of stone quarried nearby, and design by architect Leo M.J. Dielmann. This church has many large and stunning stained-glass windows installed in 1914 and is a marvel of American stained glass history.
St. Mary Catholic Church, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary – High Hill, TX
Widely regarded as the ‘Queen of the Painted Churches’, the stunning stained glass in this church is both a masterpiece and a focal point. It pairs beautifully with the Gothic vaults and joints and is truly one of the most magnificent stained glass marvels of Texas. Still going strong after decades, the stained glass in this church will be treasured for many years to come.
Saint Mary Cathedral – Austin, TX
Saint Mary Cathedral in Austin is a historical landmark in large part due to the fact that the first cornerstone was laid the very same year Austin became the permanent capital of Texas. It was designed by architect and devout Catholic Nicholas Clayton with an idea to create a space that evoked beauty found in nature–which stained glass is well known for. In the splendid stained glass windows, one can almost see the reverence for God the saints held through the stories depicted as well as the many ways to love and serve.
Stained Glass San Antonio, we feel it is our duty to preserve religious stained glass both because of its symbolic value and its value pertaining to Texas’s long church history. For nearly 30 years we have repaired copious amounts of religious stained glass windows both here in Texas and across the country. We are, as most would say, country’s premier stained glass restoration experts. Contact us today with questions about your church, synagogue or mosque stained glass restoration project and to schedule an inspection of your chapel’s stained glass.
At Stained Glass San Antonio, we sometimes get so excited about certain projects that we can’t help but want to share the details. Oftentimes, these projects are very extensive, time consuming, and sometimes extremely complicated, but are also incredibly rewarding. During the past twenty five years that we’ve been in business, we’ve had the opportunity to be a part of some incredible stained glass restorations, many of which turned out even better than we originally expected. One of our favorite projects that we’ve been able to be a part of was stained glass restoration for the First United Methodist Church in Del Rio Texas.
As the art of glassmaking has evolved, so have the methods for producing stained glass windows. Modern glassmakers have found that certain techniques or materials help make stained glass last longer than those that were once used in the past. For example, while it used to be thought that placing plexiglass over a stained glass panel would protect it, modern glassmakers have found that this actually causes deterioration due to the buildup of excess heat. This techniques are now outdated and are no longer used by today’s stained glass studios. However, there are still many historic buildings whose stained glass has begun to suffer due to these technical flaws.