The summer of 2014, I was rewarded the job of restoring the stained glass windows in a delightful little chapel in the Swampscott Cemetery, in Swampscott MA.

The Andrews Chapel circa 1923 .

Andrews Chapel Swampscott Cemetery

Andrews Chapel
Swampscott Cemetery

The chapel is now empty and is in need of some care. Althought the building is in good shape with a fairly new re- pointing and roof repair. The inside is in need of further restoration.

All of the stained glass was damaged by vandals.

Damage by rocks. A temporary plexi was put up to protect the window.

Damage by rocks.
A temporary plexi was put up to protect the window.

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A piece of plexi was cut and nailed to the outside of the frame to protect the windows from further dfamage. But this also traped dirt and moisture behind the plexi causing more damage to the frame.

The masons who repointed also forced morter behind the trim (supposedly to water proof the windows).

This caused moisture to be leached into the unpainted trim and frame work.

morter added around trim and temporary plexi caused more damage to trim and frame

morter added around trim and temporary plexi caused more damage to trim and frame

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All damaged wood was removed and new framing was made using Spanish Cedar (a decay resistant species).

All rotted sills were replaced with Spanish Cedar.

All wood was scraped, primed with oil based primer and painted. The paint color was the original color that was found when the doors were restored.

With the flat casing removed, loose mortar that was used as fill,  between the framework and the hollow stone cavity, was removed and spray foam was added to fill the void.

casing and frame painted all loose stone removed

casing and frame painted
all loose stone removed

Spray foam added to fill void

Spray foam added to fill void

casing replaced

casing replaced

cement added to fill void next to casing

cement added to fill void next to casing

All the stained glass windows and there sashes were taken to my studio.

All of the windows were rubbed to create a pattern. The windows were then reassembled on to this pattern.

All damaged glass was replaced with new glass that was as close a match that I could find.

The replacement glass was from the Kokomo Studios in Indiana. Altough the color was identical some of the opacity was different and the texture was also not identical.

All sashes were stripped, sanded, repaired and painted.

sashes were stripped, repaired, sanded and painted

sashes were stripped, repaired, sanded and painted

After all repairs were made to sash and window they were installed into the sashes and installed into the restored frame.IMG_2648 IMG_2653 IMG_2655

A vented Lexan Polycarbonate was added to the outside for protection.

This was a very satisfying project to work on.

This beautiful little chapel is on its way to becoming what it once was and what it was supposed to be, which was to offer comfort to those grieving.

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