The image featured in this Christmas card is a detail from St. Francis de Sales, St. Francis Centre for Community, Arts and Culture Ajax. The windows were designed and fabricated by N.T Lyon Studio
To mark the holiday season, EGD Glass is making a financial contribution to three organizations in need of support this year – Doctors Without Borders, the Yonge Street Mission, Sistering and Covenant House.
This year the Cambridge Old Post Office and Idea Exchange has been selected as a recipient under the Transformative Projects category.
Congratulations to the award recipients, EGD is proud to be a member of the heritage team.
The National Trust’s Ecclesiastical Insurance Cornerstone Awards celebrate exemplary projects, places and people that contribute to the quality of life and sense of place, and illustrate the viability of heritage buildings and sites for traditional or new uses.
Until 2012, Cambridge’s 1885 masonry post office, listed as a National Historic Site and located on the bank of the Grand river, was in serious disrepair. The community in Cambridge saw this as an opportunity to preserve a historic building while creating new social infrastructure. A collaboration between the City of Cambridge and Idea Exchange, the project involved wrapping a 9,000-square-foot transparent pavilion around two sides of the the old structure, while sensitively rehabilitating the original building. Today, the building, now called The Old Post Office and Idea Exchange, houses Canada’s first “bookless” library.
The Award of Excellence in the Materials, Craftsmanship and Construction category, was awarded to the EGD glazing team along with St.Thomas’s Anglican Church. For the conservation of the stained glass windows in the Baptistery.
Many thanks to all the team.
The Exhibitionists story just released online
A more in-depth, 6 & ½ min look at the craftsmanship that is going into restoring these historical works of art:
CBC Arts feature, “The Exhibitionists” w/ host Amanda Parris
The CBC Arts crew visited Eve Guinan’s studio multiple times over the past 3-4 weeks.
EGD Glass has been working on the restoration of the Massey Hall stained glass windows for the last few years. Beginning in 2017 with an assessment, when the plywood covering was removed on the interior of the auditorium to reveal the hidden stained glass windows. This lead to the removal and storage of the windows later in the year, the restoration began in 2018 and is due to be completed at this year. This week we had many visitors to the studio with lots of great video and press coverage. See some of the links below for a bit of Massey Hall stained glass history.