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CHICAGO MAGAZINE recommends us as the place in Chicago to get stained glass restored.

Amy and Dave reinstall a splendid stairway window from the 1800's after restoration.  It had been heavily damaged in a severe ice storm, Joliet, IL.

Regular maintenance is essential to the conservation and repair of architectural stained glass like that at St. John's Ev. Lutheran Church, Lombard, IL.

Window restoration often requires repair or remodeling of old sashes and frames, too.  Jeff is shown at a residence in Wheaton, IL.

When this Gold Coast neighborhood building turned condo, rehab included restoration of all the dilapidated beveled glass transoms, Chicago, IL.

Nature scenes on glass like this from the 1800's have very fragile paint.  This panel which had collapsed and come apart was restored after being salvaged by our client from a flea market.

This inspiring neo-Gothic style window was falling out of its opening at First Presbyterian Church, Wilmette, IL.

The distinctive painting style of Edgar Miller is preserved in this restored window.  The works of Miller in many artistic media are being rediscovered from the 1920s and 1930s.

This beautiful historic window was found underneath a porch busted up with junk piled on top of it.

This historic window is one of several that were seriously damaged by previous attempts by others to conserve and repair them.  They are now strong and beautiful again at Ashton Bible Church, Ashton, IL.

Even a simple window in good condition can help establish a special place.

This restored heirloom window is from family home in historic Austin neighborhood of Chicago.
A Custom Stained And Beveled Glass Boutique Studio

Turn Your Junk Back To Treasure. You Can Count On Us To Restore Or Conserve Your Special Glass.

"We'll make it as good as old."

Maintenance And Restoration Of Exisiting Stained Glass Is Good Asset Management

"We strive to create our legacy by building and preserving yours. I believe you will find that we love your art glass almost as much as you do. We have an excellent reputation for successfully planning and conducting challenging projects that others are not interested in or can not do. Contact me and let us help you." Dave Wixon

Subsidies and contributions in form of service available to qualified churches.

This fully restored dome at Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church, Chicago, IL, has 96 curved panels in it.  As it collapsed, pieces of glass were falling onto the pews below and making worship unsafe.

Your home or church building is a valuable asset. In addition, your home is the center of your family's life. And, if your building is a church, it has a vial place in facililtating your congregation's programs and local ministry. In order for it to be put to its best use, it must be maintained and repaired. This includes the proper care of your stained glass windows.

This transom panel had badly collapsed and had many cracks and missing pieces prior to restoration at this classic Victorian home in the historic district of Wheaton, IL.
Your windows are valuable and should not be allowed to deteriorate. Besides the substantial cost involved in their original purchase, they most likely have high sentimental value. They are an integral part of your home or church building.

Money saved by not maintaining your stained glass windows is likely to be offset by increases in other expenses. For example, extensive heat loss and water damage from leaky windows, injury from broken glass and fragile panels and poor building security are all problems that can lead to higher operating expenses. Further, failure to care for your windows risks continued deterioration, reduces their contribution to daily homelife or to the ministry of your church and causes greater disruption and expense during future repair.

The angel in the center lancet of this historic Charles Connick Studio chapel window had several large holes in it from vandalism prior to our restoration of it at Allendale Association, Lake Villa, IL.

Your stained glass does not have to be damaged before you should tend to it. A thorough evaluation should be made on a regular basis. Regular maintenance and repair can lengthen the life of these windows. However, when regular maintenance has been deferred, restoration of seriously damaged or dilapidated windows can actually provide another lifetime for them.

What Work Needs to be Done On The Windows?

The Purpose Of A Systematic Stained Glass Evaluation

A superficial look at your windows is not sufficient to determine their condition. Even windows that appear to be in good shape may have hidden problems.

David Wixon & Associates, Inc. can professionally analyze your windows to identify any existing problems and propose a solution for them. Our expertise provides you with an accurate assessment, alternatives for maintenance and conservation, and the costs associated with each option.

We are available to serve homeowners, church boards and commercial clients across the United States from our Midwest studio located in the suburban Chicago, Illinois.

We are prepared to provide solutions to problems identified through the following kinds of questions.

The Glass

  • What is the extent of the broken glass?
  • What is the cause of the broken glass?
  • What is the condition of any painted glass?
  • Is the glass corroding?
  • Are there broken panes covered with tape, cardboard, wood or other termporary materials?

Fully beveled transom from 1880's completely restored.

The Lead Matrix

  • Are there any gaps in the panel or glass popping out of the lead channel allowing daylight to come in?
  • Is the window wobbly or weak?
  • Are there broken solder joints or torn leads?
  • Is the window overly rigid?
  • Is the lead weakening or corroding?
  • What is the condition of the putty under the lead flange?

An rare Colonial-style doorway by famed Arts & Crafts architect George W. Maher.

The Support System

  • Are the tie wires or support bars still present and attached to the windows?
  • Are there bulges or waves in the window?
  • What are the causes of any bulges?
  • Are support bars adequately attached to the frame?
  • Is additional reinforcement now needed?

Installation, Frames and Exterior Window Covering

Our window restoration at Batavia United Methodist Church, Batavia, IL, represents good stewardship by the church of its unique and inspiring building built in 1887.

  • What is the type and condition of the frames?
  • What is the type and condition of the meeting joints?
  • Are support bars adequately attached to the frame?
  • Do the ventilator windows operate smoothly?
  • Should protective glazing or insulating glazing be installed?
  • Is existing exterior glazing causing any problems?
  • What is the condition of the caulk or putty holding the windows into the frames?
  • What is the condition of the sub-framing support of the frames?
  • What is the risk of damage that may occur if the window is removed for work?
  • Is any exterior glazing discolored or obscuring?
  • How are enviornmental problems in the building (e.g., condensation from protective glazing, extreme temperature differences between inside and outside, roof leaks, settling walls, noise vibrations, and dirt) affecting the windows?

  • Should previous repairs or restorations be upgraded?
  • Should the windows be cleaned?

Examples of our authentic duplication of original painted glass pieces that were missing or too busted to be restored.

"Thank you so much for fixing our stained glass window. It looks great. We can't even tell where it neeeded to be repaired." Mr. & Mrs. B.N., Batavia, IL.

These windows were in the church's previous historic building.

This restored main entrance transom is the last remaining original leaded glass window from St. Isaac Jogues School, Hinsdale, IL.

These beautiful stairway windows were in bad condition before our restoration.

This historic beveled transom panel was badly damaged when it fell out of the house and into the bushes.  We restored it and its sash to their original condition and appearance.

The Wixon crew restoring the nearly 100 year old wood frames at this rural Catholic church.

Before and after restoration of windows at Ashton Bible Church, Ashton, IL.
These antique windows are cylindrical in shape.

This is one of  identical bell tower stenciled glass windows from the 1880s.
Half of the unusual glass in this antique transom was cracked or missing prior to our restoration.

Historic stained glass from previous building displayed in lightbox.

Formerly dilapidated fully beveled transom panels found at antique store shown fully restored and reframed and ready for display in client's  home.

This stairway window has been completely restored.

This original stained glass transom sign was restored as part of the remodeling of this commercial building from the early 1900s in Chicago's historic Uptown neighborhood.

1891 transom window restored and back in place.

An example of the kind and scope of window restoration we can perform.

Assorted antique windows adapted for display in contemporary home settings.