We were contacted by the Ursuline Academy of Dallas and asked if we could help them restore a Munich-style, F. X. Zettler stained glass window circa 1899. The window had been misplaced in storage for several years and when found was in very poor condition. Without seeing the window, we naively told them, “Yes, we can.” We had no idea what we were in for. They brought us several boxes of painted glass window shards and mangled panels of leaded glass – a giant do-it-yourself jigsaw puzzle. We had no drawings to work from…only one very old, faded photo from the early part of the last century.
We pieced together, salvaged, and mended whichever 114-year-old painted glass pieces we could salvage and replicated that which had been lost to years of neglect. The school planned on installing the window in the lobby of the new science facility under construction.The original window sashes and frame were lost when the original chapel was razed years earlier, so Stanton Woodworks was asked to design and fabricate new wood sashes and frames in which to house the newly-restored window.
Stanton Studios is proud to have played a part in the Ursuline Academy Science facility in becoming the first classroom building in the Southwest to be certified LEED Gold by the U.S. Green Building Council. This rating distinguishes the new center as one of the most environmentally-sustainable secondary educational facilities in the U.S.