First Congregational Church

Kenosha, Wisconsin

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Challenge

Conrad Schmitt Studios was asked to design and create a window that coordinates with existing windows by Louis Comfort Tiffany in style, materials and fabrication techniques, including plating multiple layers of glass for the First Congregational Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This called for matching century-old glass and joining the glass with copper foil rather than lead cames.

Solution

After meeting with members of the congregation to discuss the intended theme of the window, a watercolor rendering was developed. Upon approval of the rendering, the glass palette was selected from the Studio's special collection of Tiffany glass as well as from various specialty suppliers. The creative selection of glass brings out the look of drapery in the cloth, the depth in the background and the drama in the sky. Faces, hands and feet were meticulously hand-painted with soft brush strokes in the Tiffany style.

CSS glaziers installed the window at First Congregational Church, where it joins the originals in a beautiful, unified vision.

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