Stained Glass Restoration -Winnipeg City Hall-
Over the course of one year we executed the full restoration of this piece which was salvaged from the entrance of Winnipeg city Hall circa 1886.
This piece and its twin were made by renowned glass artist John Raphael Allard and installed in 1903 over the front and rear entryway of Winnipeg City Hall. The building was eventually demolished in 1962. Thankfully the windows were salvaged from the building before it was demolished. Some years later these windows were gifted to the Manitoba Museum where they were kept safely in storage for many decades.
At this point both windows were in rough shape and had suffered many broken pieces of glass mostly due to the shear size of the window slowly crushing itself over time. After careful consideration and consultation with the Manitoba Museum we decided to completely restore the most intact window.
We started by reclaiming all but one of the original glass pieces. Next the glass was cleaned and all the broken pieces were repaired using a high quality epoxy. Lastly we completely rebuilt the window with new lead came and installed it back into its original wood frame. We very are proud to have the opportunity to work on this special piece for the Manitoba Museum. This piece of Winnipeg history now lives over the entrance to the newly renovated Winnipeg Gallery, which is now open to the public. Go and check it out!