Religious & Church Stained Glass
Church Stained Glass Restoration Advice For Dallas Churches
The cold hard truth is–having your Dallas church’s stained glass repaired or restored is a fairly large project that could be time-consuming depending on the size and scope of the project. Also, the cost could range into the tens of thousands of dollars–depending on many factors. But, don’t let these truths scare you away because church stained glass restoration is a very rewarding undertaking. It will bring your church members closer together and even bring your church and even community closer together too. It also preserves some of the fast depleting relics of church history for future generations to enjoy. Furthermore, by asking yourself, your parishioners and your church stained glass restoration company a few key questions, you will very much streamline the process and make it easier for all.
Questions To Ask Yourself Or Church Body
How Will You Raise The Money For The Church Stained Glass?
Cost is definitely an issue for churches because they will likely need to fundraise to get the money for the restoration. Be sure to get a feel for how far your church members are willing to go to get the funds and what they may not be comfortable with.
Will church members donate themselves?
Will they seek out wealthy local donors?
Will, your church do fundraisers? What kind of fundraisers?
Are you willing to write proposals for grants?
Are there historical societies to turn to for help?
How Will Decisions On Appearance, Budget And Timing Be Made?
Knowing who will be in charge of key decisions in the restoration process is critical, as well as, having a budget and a strong sense of timing that works for your church.
Will there be a church committee to manage the stained glass restoration?
Will there be a point person on the committee?
Who will be that point person from your church? And are they comfortable with making important decisions sometimes on their own?
Conversely, will your committee vote on every decision?
How Long Can You Realistically Be Without Your Church’s Stained Glass?
Knowing how long your windows will be out of commission and whether your church has upcoming events in which our temporary windows will not do, is a critical part of the restoration process.
If your church windows are not in place for the holiday season will that be an issue?
What about for summer time and wedding season?
Timing really is everything, so taking a good hard look at the best season for your Dallas church’s restoration is key.
Questions To Ask Your Stained Glass Restoration Contractor
- Does Your Churches Stained Glass Need Repair Or Restoration?
Before you spend any valuable time or money on your church’s stained glass windows, be sure to ask and understand whether your church’s stained glass needs repairs or restoration. They are very different processes. Also, don’t be afraid to ask if the glass is even worth it/ is salvageable. Sadly, not all church stained glass can be saved. Many things hinge on which type of job your church stained glass needs–timing, cost, where the windows will be worked on and more.
- Is The Restoration Company Insured?
Hiring a stained glass repair company that is insured is non-negotiable. Should an accident or injury occur on your church’s property, you could be held liable if they are not properly insured. Stained glass is breakable so there is an inherent risk. Any reputable stained glass restorer will have full insurance and proof of it.
- How Long Will The Restoration Take?
The stained glass restorer you choose should be able to give you a good ballpark time estimate. Of course, things could change a bit once your Dallas church’s stained glass windows are out and being repaired but having an idea of timing is important to your church’s events and fundraising efforts.
- How Much Will The Church Stained Glass Restoration Cost?
As church stained glass restorers ourselves, we know that giving churches a fairly solid estimate on cost is important, since they will likely have to raise the funds from scratch. Any reputable restoration company will be happy to answer questions on cost and scope.
These questions are a good jumping off point. For more information on these questions or if you have a few in mind beyond these, contact us at Stained Glass Dallas today!
Dallas is such a gem of a city. The weather is always beautiful, the people are friendly, and there’s ton of places to explore and things to do. But perhaps one of the best things about Dallas is its architecture. Architectural marvels old and new can be found all over Dallas, including some of the most absolutely breathtaking churches with stained glass windows.
If you’re someone who appreciates art or history, you should definitely take a tour of Dallas’ church stained glass. By the end, not only will you have seen several spectacular works of art, but you may also feel inspired to add stained glass to your own church or home.
What Church Stained Glass Restoration Does For A Community
While it is true that Church stained glass restoration is an expensive undergoing, it is also so very important to the history of American churches of all denominations and more importantly breathes new life into congregations. Furthermore, it brings such joy to parishioners. So for churches here in Dallas and around the country, stained glass restoration should be a very real consideration for small windows to large and from simple to intricate.
A Stained Glass Restoration Rich With History
A very fantastic example of how wonderful stained glass restoration can be for a church and its body as a whole is clearly illustrated by the sanctuary restoration of Bethel A.M.E. Church located in Huntington in NY. This lovely old church has the distinction of being Huntington, NY’s oldest African American church and that distinction carries with it deep historical significance both for the area and for the African American culture in the area. The project cost right around $50,00 and took about two years but as the parishioners found out, it carried deep meaning, since they truly felt they were preserving more than just their windows but their culture too. At the same time, they ended up paying homage to those bygone parishioners that put so much into founding church and the original stained glass windows.
The Deterioration Of The Stained Glass Windows
As you can see from the pictures, the stained glass windows in the sanctuary at Bethel A.M.E. were very minimalistic but so lovely! They also were incredibly true to the style of the era in which they were installed back in 1924. However, over the years the condition of these once lovely stained glass windows had become severely deteriorated so, in 2016, Rev Larry D Jennings made a decision to restore them from their broken down condition. He did this not only because the window really needed it but because he and his church body saw the historical, culture and artistic value of these relics and also thought it was a good way to respect the church members of the past who likely sacrifice for them to be installed.
Paying For The Church Stained Glass Restoration
Paying for stained glass restoration can be an expensive endeavor and accordingly, finding funds can be a challenge. But as Bethel A.M. E found out–not impossible and well worth it. In their case, a town historian, Robert Hughes found grants from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for $20,000, them the Sacred Sites program of the New York Landmarks Conservancy for $10,000; and finally The Gerry Charitable Trust for $5,000. The remaining costs were covered by generous donations from the congregation itself and the results could not be more awe-inspiring.
Stained Glass Restoration Guide And Pricing
If you have a church here in Dallas with stained glass windows you and your church membersContact us just love but maybe 80 or more years old, maybe it is time to consider having them restored as a way to breath new life into them and your congregation. Here at Stained Glass Dallas, we are able to help guide you through the process, costs and even fundraising for stained glass restoration as well. today for more information and for a free consultation/stained glass inspection.
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