120th Anniversary of the Toronto Bell Cote: October 18

120th Anniversary of the Toronto Bell Cote: October 18

Celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Toronto Bell Cote, a local heritage site, on Sunday, October 18 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. An event will be held on site at 691 Scarlett Rd., at the corner of Scarlett Road and Kingdom Street.

The event will be marked with activities every hour, on the hour beginning at 12 p.m., including a talk on the history of the building, a presentation detailing the renovation process, and a display of artefacts that trace the building’s history.

The Toronto Bell Cote is the only wood framed church in Toronto and possesses a rich local history. Originally built in 1895, the building was once known as Holy Trinity Anglican Church, located in Malton, ON. After falling into disuse, the building was relocated to it’s current site in 1923 and renamed St. Matthias Anglican Church. The congregation of St. Matthias relocated in 1957 and the building was later designated a heritage site by the City of Toronto in 2003.

Renovations began in 2010 to restore and preserve the deteriorated building. EGD Glass was called upon to restore the damaged stained glass windows.

Conservation and Restoration

120th Anniversary of the Toronto Bell Cote: October 18After assessing the condition of the stained glass, EGD Glass followed up with the conservation of eight original sash windows. Each panel was dismantled and releaded and some pieces of the painted glass, damaged beyond repair, were replicated. The tryptich window on the east side, which featured three panels, was restored. On the south side, a small Gothic window was restored and moved higher up the wall.

EGD Glass also recommended a secondary glazing to protect the newly restored windows. A traditional wood storm glazing was chosen for being in keeping with the style of the day and meeting the Heritage Toronto Board’s requirements.

Under the guidance of Takashi Tsuji Architects, the entire restoration, which finished in 2014, also included a new foundation and basement, steel framing and wood restoration through out.

Reclaimed Decorative Stained Glass Panel For Sale

Decorative Panel with Irish Emblem for sale by EGD GlassThis stained glass window is believed to have come from a church in Quebec, and may have originally had roots in Dublin, Ireland. The window was an existing feature of a house purchased by the owner in 1978.

The historic window is a double lancet/Gothic top stained glass window with single tracery. Three panels are set into a substantial wooden frame of either pine or maple. The panels are a combination of opalescent and cathedral glass with two symbols, which are painted and stained.

The first of the two symbols is the Cross of Lorraine, a French symbol associated with the office of Archbishop. The second symbol, a harp, has it’s origins in the Catholic Church in Ireland.

The window, including frame, stands a total of 90” high and 36” wide. It is estimated to be circa 1900. The artist and studio are unknown.

The window is in overall good condition, though there are a few minor glass breaks in the panels.

View the window on our website or contact Eve Guinan for more information.

Jewels of Light: Creation, Preservation, Appreciation of Stained Glass – June 19-20

Jewels of Light: Creation, Preservation, Appreciation of Stained GlassEGD Glass will be presenting at Jewels of Light: Creation, Preservation, Appreciation of Stained Glass. The stained glass symposium is being presented by the Association for Preservation Technology and will discuss primary conservation problems encountered when restoring historic stained glass windows.

The symposium will bring together stained glass designers, design and engineering professionals, preservation specialists, and stained glass fabricators. It’s purpose is to educate, inform and encourage collaborative discussions about the creation, reservation and appreciation of stained glass.

Join us from June 19 to 20, 2015 at the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, DC.

View the full agenda or register online.

Seasons Greetings!

Merry Christmas & Season’s Greetings!

Merry Christmas Card from EGD Glass

From EGD Glass

To mark the holiday season, EGD Glass is making a financial contribution to two organizations in need of support this year – Doctors Without Borders and Sistering.
The windows featured in this Christmas card can be viewed in the Chapel at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. The windows were designed and installed by Yvonne Williams and Esther Johnson in 1937. EGD Glass is currently working to restore the windows.


Windows That Speak: October 17 in Toronto

Did you know a Canadian woman designed and built the 10 heritage stained glass windows at St. Michael’s Hospital?

The windows were designed by Yvonne Williams, regarded by many as the greatest Canadian stained glass artist of the 20th century.

Eve Guinan, conservator and restorer at EGD GlassEve Guinan, a conservator and restorer from EGD Glass, is currently working to restore the 75-year-old stained glass windows that line the Chapel.

Join us for Windows That Speak on Friday, October 17 from 12:35 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. in the Chapel.

Eve will show and describe the delicate work of dismantling, restoring and reassembling St. Michael’s Heritage windows. Bring your questions and curiosity!

When: Friday, October 17 from 12:35 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Where: St. Michael’s Hospital, 30 Bond St, Toronto.

This event is part of Spiritual Care Week.

St. Michael's Hospital, EGD Glass

How Do I Choose A Stained Glass Specialist?

Historic glass windows are unique treasures that allow us a rare glimpse into history.

A badly repaired historic stained glass window

Some historic windows have been subject to careless repairs.

Tragically, many windows have been lost to the devastation of time and improper care. But in the hands of an experienced stained glass specialist these windows can be enjoyed for centuries to come.

Caring for historic glass is an art and care must be taken in choosing the right studio and specialist. But how do you know who has the right skills and knowledge to restore and care for your windows?

We’ve compiled a list of simple ways you can help ensure you’re dealing with a professional.

1) Solicit bids from experienced studios. An accredited conservator-restorer will possess the necessary skills and knowledge to work with your historic windows.

2) A representative will visit you to conduct an on site visual inspection of the window. The studio will them submit a written bid and proposal.

3) Request a list of previous restorations and references from the studio.

A professional will seek to conserve as much of the original window as possible.

A professional will seek to conserve as much of the original window as possible.

4) Follow up with these previous clients and examine the windows listed in the studio’s portfolio. Ask references how well the studio respected their needs, if they fulfilled their contract and if the client was pleased with the overall result.

5) While reviewing your options keep in mind an experienced professional will seek to conserve as much of the original window as possible. Proper restoration will not interfere with the structural or artistic integrity of the window, and can be undone without damage.

6) Restoring historic stained glass is an expensive task – the lowest bid is not necessarily the best buy.

Are you interested in working with EGD Glass on your next glass project? Contact us today to request a proposal.

Stained Glass Restoration at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Toronto

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in TorontoDuring the spring of 2014 a team from EGD Glass is working to install the north windows at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church in Toronto. An ongoing restoration of all of the stained glass windows in the church is in process. Stay tuned for more information about the completed restoration.