The Conservancy and the City Landmarks Preservation Commission held a virtual workshop on February 17 for homeowners in the newly proposed historic districts in Cambria Heights, Queens. One of the important architectural features of the neo-Tudor houses on 222nd and 227th Streets is that they all have stained glass windows. Caring for and restoring stained glass windows can seem daunting for homeowners. We wanted to demystify how to properly repair and maintain them.
Experts Brianne Van Vorst of Liberty Stained Glass Conservation and Patrick Clark of Sunlites Stained Glass presented valuable information, provided advice for hiring contractors, and answered questions from attendees. We learned how stained glass was historically manufactured and assembled, how the materials behave over time, appropriate repairs, and methods to decrease drafts and increase energy efficiency.
If you need guidance or technical assistance with stained glass windows in your historic building, please reach out to the Conservancy’s Preservation Services department.