EGD Glass wishes you a joyous holiday season and best wishes for 2018.
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 and Sistering.
The image featured in this Christmas card is a detail from the great east window at Knox Presbyterian Church, Toronto. The restoration of the windows began with the removal in January of this year and the installation was completed in November 2017.
The windows were designed and fabricated by N.T.LYONS of Toronto and installed circa 1906.
EGD Glass has recieved an Award of Merit in the category of Conservation: Materials, Craftsmanship and Construction from the Canadian Association of Heritage Professionals.
EGD’s glazing team worked to restore the 75-year-old stained glass windows that grace the chapel at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. The goal was to maintain the historical integrity of the stained glass by using as much of the original materials as possible. The Chapel’s 10 stained glass windows were originally designed and fabricated by Yvonne Williams in her Toronto design studio in 1939. The windows were made from tiny pieces of fully painted glass.
The renovations began in 2014. A condition survey revealed the stained glass windows were in poor condition. A lack of protective glazing meant the windows had been exposed to the elements over the years. EGD Glass was contracted to provide a full conservation treatment.
EGD Glass removed the windows from their openings before taking rubbings and thorough documentation. The windows were dismantled in our Toronto studio and reconstructed using best practice of conservation principles. The restored windows were reinstalled in their original openings in 2015.
The restoration was covered by the Toronto Star in 2014.
St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church opened it’s present building for worship in 1876. This Romanesque Revival church, located in Toronto, was designed by architect William G. Storm.
In 2015, a committee from the church commissioned EGD Glass to design and fabricate nine new stained glass panels for the tympanum windows above the three main doors at the front of the building.
EGD Glass took a modern approach to the design of the windows, while taking care to incorporate traditional motifs found in the existing rose window. The existing rose window features an ornamental floral pattern. This floral detail was hand-painted onto the new windows. Silver stain highlights of yellow were added to complete the process and the windows were fired in a kiln for durability.
The panels were installed at St. Andrew’s in March 2016.
EGD Glass is pleased to welcome you to our new website! We have worked to develop a new, mobile-friendly website to better serve the needs of our clients.
The new site will allow you to learn more about our company, our services and how we can work with you to achieve your goals. EGD Glass proudly offer our clients an individually tailored service throughout all stages of planning, design, fabrication and installation, depending on what your needs may be.
Visit the new EGD Glass Shop to browse our selection of reclaimed stained glass windows. Do you see something you like? Use our built in request a price feature to find out the cost of one or more reclaimed windows.
What do you think of our new site? Let us know in the comments below or send us an email.
EGD Glass wishes you a joyous holiday season and best wishes for 2016.
The window featured in this holiday card can be found at the Church of the Holy Trinity, Russian Orthodox Cathedral, on Henry street in Toronto. This window was restored by EGD Glass in 2014.
EGD Glass will be closed from December 23, 2015 to January 4, 2016.
EGD Glass has received an Award of Merit in the William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship category in the 41st Heritage Toronto Award ceremony held on October 13, 2015.
EGD Glass was recognized along side Takashi Tsuji Architects, William N. Greer, Heritage Mills Historic Building Conservation Inc., and Sonterlan Corp., as part of the team contributing to the restoration and conservation of the Toronto Bell Cote. The restoration of the Toronto Bell Cote was undertaken by Sukyo Mahikari Canada.
The William Greer Architectural Conservation and Craftsmanship awards recognize owners who have undertaken projects to restore or adapt buildings or structures that have been in existence for 40 years or more, or are included on the City of Toronto’s Inventory of Heritage Properties.
The Toronto Bell Cote is the only wood framed church in Toronto and possesses a rich local history. The building was on the verge of collapse in 2010 when renovations began to restore and preserve it. EGD Glass was called upon to restore the damaged stained glass windows.
The team completed the renovation, which also included a new foundation and basement, steel framing and wood restoration through out, in 2014.
Originally built in 1895, the Toronto Bell Cote 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.
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
After 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.
This 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.
EGD 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.