The "Angel" window is a striking example of the design and craftsmanship of the Tiffany Studio. Located above the Altar, the window measures 72 inches in diameter and is composed of a variety of full and semi-opalescent glasses. The window is constructed in one continuous panel that in places is as many as three layers of glass thick. The oversized single section and multiple layers are typical of the experimental nature of many studios during the Opalescent Era.
The experimental spirit of the Tiffany Studio included pushing the limits of the structural integrity of many artistic masterpieces. The "Angel" window was so severely buckled along the top and bottom border that the inscription plate was pushed out of the window.
The window had also suffered from an attack of vandalism in the early 1980's. The head was broken and an area to the lower right of the figure was also damaged. The previous repairs to the head and background were poor matches for the craftsmanship of the Tiffany Studio.
The shattered head was recovered from a previous restorer and was edge glued with epoxy. After much research on similar Tiffany Angel heads, a piece of glass was painted to match the detail of the missing area.
The window was reassembled in leads that matched the original in size, profile and custom trimming in the figurative areas. The structural deficiencies were analyzed and flat steel bar grids were added to the back of the window to correct the problem areas.
The window was reinstalled in the opening with allowances to avoid frame distortion from future settling of the building. The protective glazing is a single layer of 1/4" laminated safety glass with screened soffetted vents to allow proper air flow between the stained glass and protective glazing.
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