Prairie window restoration – workshop/demonstration

On Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, I’ll be at the Barrington History Museum, in the room next to the exhibit space.  I’ll have a workshop set up and will be restoring six 96-year-old-casement windows with their art glass panels.  The windows are from the Allan Miller house which was designed by John Van Bergen in 1915.

The price for admission will be $10.00, will be good for both days, and will also get you into the exhibit.  I don’t think you’ll find many better deals than that on that weekend!  I’ll be there from 10 AM until 4 PM on Saturday, and 12 noon until 4 PM on Sunday.  I’ll also be available to talk with anyone about the windows in their own houses that might need restoration, or other issues dealing with windows and art glass restoration.

I’ll also be able to answer any questions about the exhibit that you might have.  Hope to see you there!

I will be working on the windows in various stages of restoration.  That will will include:

Removing the existing art glass panels from the sashes.

Removing paint from the sash exteriors, in preparation for paint, and reinstallation of the glass panels.

Restoration of the shellac finish on the interiors of the sashes.  From dismantling the panels, to cleaning and or replacing glass, to reassembling the panel with new zinc, soldering and finally puttying the art glass.

Restoring 4 existing art glass panels with zinc caming, and reproducing two panels that are missing.

Salvaging antique glass from other old windows for the replacement of missing or damaged glass.

Reinstalling and glazing the panels into the sashes, ready for installation back into the house.

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