Stained Glass Studio Ltd.
County -- It has been over three years since the tragic Halloween night fire destroyed historic St. John's Anglican Church in Lunenburg, and the task of rebuilding the national heritage treasure is well on the way to completion.
During the building's reconstruction, some of the most delicate work, that of restoring the 24 stained-glass windows that graced the stately structure's walls, fell to Sattler's Stained Glass Studio, a family of Lunenburg County craftsmen based in West LaHave.
Company spokesperson Nicola Sattler said that while the firm was fortunate to have at their disposal some photographs of the windows to use as a guide for their work, the task of reproducing the colourful panels still proved to be most difficult.
"Parks Canada did have some pictures, [but] they were hardly enough for us to make drawings to recreate those windows," she said. "Doing some research, we soon noticed that there weren't many churches that had in fact documented their windows and even fewer had pictures of them."
|Fabian Sattler of Sattler's Stained Glass Studio installs a window at St. John's Anglican Chruch recently. The firm was given the task of replicating the windows of the famous heritage structure after if was destroyed by a 2001 Halloween night fire.|
Seeing a huge need for such documentation to be available in the event of another tragedy like the St. John's fire, the Sattler family set out on a mission to do something about it.
Combining forces with the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, the company is now documenting all stained glass windows in the Maritime provinces into a central registry. The project should be completed by 2009.
"That is the ultimate goal," Ms. Sattler said, adding the initial phase of the project will take place in Nova Scotia where just under 1,000 buildings possessing stained-glass have been identified.
And it's not just churches that boast such beautiful artistry.
"There are town halls, libraries, some hospitals
that sometimes have them and courthouses as well," she explained.
"Because churches are the most obvious, we've started with
[them]. But we are counting for the public's co-operation and help
with this. If anyone knows of a building where there is stained
glass, we would like to know about it. We can be reached easily
We also have an online survey form that will only take a minute to fill out.."
Thet survey includes such information as how many windows are in each particular building and how old they are. There is also an information pamphlet designed to help individuals responsible for the windows to identify if there is any deterioration on the glass.
"Once we receive the information with the form, we will follow up and ... make arrangements to go and take the pictures," Ms. Sattler said.
Church groups and other organizations who would like
more information on the project can contact the Sattlers
toll free at 1-866-724-5515
or via email ( .. click .. ).
A Message to Parishioners :
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves and tell you a little more about our studio and the services we provide in the Maritimes and throughout North America.
We are a stained glass fabrication and restoration studio that has been operating in Canada for almost 15 years. We have over 35 years of experience in the field and we pride ourselves in a quality product made of superior materials and by craftsmen with vast experience.
Maritime Stained Glass Registry (MSGR):
We hope to have sparked your interest in our company and encourage you to contact us for any of your stained glass needs.
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Un Message aux Paroissiens :
Permettez-nous de nous présenter et de vous expliquer brièvement ce qu'est notre atelier et quels sont les services que nous proposons dans les Maritimes et dans toute l'Amérique du Nord.
Nous sommes un atelier de fabrication et de restauration de vitraux qui existe au Canada depuis près de 15 ans. Nous avons accumulé plus de 35 années d'expérience dans ce domaine et nous nous enorgueillissons d'un produit de qualité fabriqué avec des matériaux de qualité supérieure par des artisans possédant une vaste expérience.
Le Maritime Stained Glass Registry (MSGR) :
Nous espérons avoir éveillé votre intérêt pour notre société et nous vous encourageons à vous mettre en rapport avec nous pour tout travail concernant vos vitraux.
Nous espérons avoir le plaisir de vos nouvelles bientôt.
2102 West LaHave, RR#1
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