New Portfolio Piece: Sam Houston State University Staine Glass Replica

New Portfolio Piece: Sam Houston State University Staine Glass Replica

Here at Salt Lake City Stained Glass one of the things we love most about our job is the joy our stained glass restorations bring to our customers. Whether it be at churches, synagogues, historic homes, or universities, the work we do brings us great fulfillment. And such was the case of our most recent project, via our parent company–Scottish Stained Glass. 

Replicating Sam Houston State’s Historic Stained Glass Windows

Sam Houston State University was founded in 1879 and as such, is one of the oldest universities in Texas. One of its most lovely stained glass windows was sadly destroyed in a fire in 1982)that ravaged one of the main original buildings. In 2020 SHSU made the fantastic decision to commemorate their school motto “The measure of a Life is its Service, through having a replica of the original stained glass made. They called on our company, Scottish Stained Glass to rebuild it and we were happy to aid them in preserving the legacy of their wonderful organization. 

The First Challenge of Restoring Sam Houston State University’s Lost Stained Glass

This project had unique but not unconquerable challenges associated with it. For one, our team was creating a replication from almost nothing. In fact, we only had a picture from a 1962 yearbook to guide our way. However, using modern technology we were able to innovate and give this recreation the respect it deserved! We scanned the picture into the computer, then printed it out full size, we then painstakingly traced each line. After that, it was back into our CAD program for final touches and to resize it to twice the size–per the request of SHSU.  

The Second Challenge of Restoring Sam Houston State University’s Lost Stained Glass

The issue next issue is actually fairly common when restoring vintage stained glass. Sourcing materials used over a century ago is many times hard or impossible since many no longer exist. This is especially true for colors. This meant tapping into our network of conservation specialists to help us find glass in colors that were as close as possible to the originals. We then had our stained glass artists paint over each stained glass panel that did not match to make them exactly match the original hues. lTthe final look was exact! 

The Results of the Recreated Commemorative Stained Glass Window

This rewarding project took almost a year to complete and some areas with lots of shadowing needed over ten layers were used to create depth. All in all this lovely commemorative window has about 3,000- 4,000 pieces. More to the point, the university staff, board, and students were so happy with the lovely final product, and honestly, so were we!  We’re always honored to be a part of an amazing project to restore and preserve history for generations to come.






If you have a stained glass restoration or rebuild project we would love to speak to you about it too! Contact us at Salt Lake City Stained Glass today for a free consultation.

Privacy Stained Glass Solutions for Salt Lake City Residential Bathrooms

When it comes to investing in your home, it’s always a good idea to find options that improve both the beauty and function of your residential property. There are countless renovation projects that any homeowner can take on, but with the current slowdown, major renovations are not ideal. If you’re looking for a project that can improve property value, address privacy concerns, and transform your curb appeal, privacy stained glass may be the perfect investment for your Salt Lake City bathroom.

The Benefits of Privacy Stained Glass for Your Salt Lake City Home’s Bathroom

Privacy stained glass is always ideal for blocking unwanted views into your home’s bathroom. Unlike other privacy solutions that can become mildewy with moisture exposure or actually take away from your home’s exterior aesthetic, this privacy solution is perfect for rooms with moisture. Privacy stained glass blocks unwanted views without interfering with your home’s natural sunlight as well, providing an ideal bright, welcoming feeling to your bathroom. Stained glass is highly customizable and can provide the aesthetic that you’re looking for in order to really transform your bathroom into that oasis you need for real relaxation. Privacy stained glass also delivers the incredible benefits of improved property value and stunning curb appeal. It can really give your home that custom-built feel without the high price tag.

Work with Salt Lake City’s Leading Privacy Stained Glass Specialists

Salt Lake City Stained Glass is honored to be the leading privacy stained glass specialists serving the state of Utah. Our stained glass artisans and designers are always available for helping you decide on design, creating a one-of-a-kind piece for your home. Work with our team to ensure proper privacy while transforming your bathroom into a retreat.

For more information regarding privacy stained glass, please contact us!

The Benefits of Historical Stained Glass Restoration for Salt Lake City Properties

For Salt Lake City commercial properties that have original stained glass features, you understand all the incredible benefits it can offer. Commercial stained glass can improve visual branding and marketing efforts, attract new clients, improve guest retention rates, and much more. From aesthetics to function, stained glass can provide a wealth of advantages. In order to ensure your Salt Lake City property can continue to reap the benefits, periodic historical stained glass restorations are necessary.

The Advantages of Historical Stained Glass Restoration for Your Salt Lake City Business

Historical stained glass restoration can add over another century of product life to your windows and features. By restoring your stained glass, you can actually improve your overall property value by achieving the antique value of your glass. Restoration ensures that your iconic stained glass feature has the opportunity to continue providing the incredible branding and marketing benefits it already does. Proper restoration can actually improve the aesthetic of your stained glass– many clients are stunned by how fresh and vibrant their stained glass looks once reinstalled. We offer safety glass features that can provide even more structural integrity and protection. Restoration is also a more cost-effective solution when compared to replacement. Restoration and replacement can both be great options depending on your specific needs. A professional stained glass contractor can help you decide the best investment for your commercial property.

Work with Salt Lake City’s Top Historical Stained Glass Restoration Studio

Salt Lake City Stained Glass is honored to be the top historical stained glass restoration studio serving the Utah area. We’re providing virtual consultations and can help you get started with your project from the comfort and safety of your own home. We’re looking forward to working with you!

For more information regarding historical stained glass restoration, please contact us!


Beautify Your Salt Lake City Home with Remote Stained Glass Consultations

Finding ways to improve your home is always a great investment. When Salt Lake City homeowners start considering different renovation projects available, it is important to think about both beauty and function. While a major renovation isn’t ideal in our current situation, there are still other great, viable options for your home. Custom stained glass offers a wonderful way to improve your property, creating the perfect investment for any property.

The Benefits of Custom Stained Glass for Your Salt Lake City Home

Custom stained glass can be a wonderful addition to any part of your home including bedrooms, basements, bathrooms, entryways, kitchens, built-ins, cabinetry, home bars, and more. Stained glass can double as a privacy solution, offering an effective way to block the unwanted views into your home. Leaded glass and certain stained glass options can obstruct views without interfering with natural sunlight transmissions. This offers a bright, airy feel for your home while eliminating the need for unsightly window treatments and coverings. Custom stained glass can also give your home that unique, custom-build feel. Whether you’re already living in your forever home or are planning on selling in the future, custom stained glass is the perfect option for boosting your property value. Create stunning pieces of permanent art that differentiate your home.

Work with Salt Lake City’s Preferred Custom Stained Glass Studio

Salt Lake City Stained Glass is honored to be the preferred custom stained glass studio serving the Utah area. We are offering free virtual consultations and can help you with the entirety of your project from the comfort and safety of your own home. Work with our leading stained glass artisans to bring your vision to reality through hand-sketched custom designs.

For more information regarding custom stained glass for your Salt Lake City home, please contact us!

Stained Glass Art for Salt Lake City Homes, Businesses & Public Buildings

Artwork plays an important role in determining the ambiance and appearance of a space. While some art is better than no art, the right artwork can make a huge impact. It can affect your mood, alter your customer’s opinions, and even bring patrons back for a return visit. That’s why you should choose stained glass art for your Salt Lake City property.

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Stained Glass Art Experts for Salt Lake City

One type of glass that we do incredibly well here Salt Lake City Stained Glass is Stained Glass Art.  These are stained glass features that you will usually find in commercial spaces. They are often highly stylized and primarily non-religious. Businesses from retail stores to bars to hotels use these unique stained glass features to set themselves apart in a style all their own. 

Salt Lake City Source for Commercial Stained Glass

Over the past twenty-five years, Salt Lake City Stained Glass and our sister company Scottish Stained Glass, have completed over 80,000 stained and leaded glass installations. They range from church stained glass to home stained glass to commercial art stained glass.  Therefore, we are a great choice for custom stained glass features here in Salt Lake City. Custom commercial stained glass features work extremely well for nearly any commercial space. We can help you discover the perfect stained glass design feature for your Salt Lake City space. Whether you are searching for a contemporary leaded glass window for your SLC storefront or a bold, iconic stained glass ceiling for a boutique hotel, we are the local stained glass artisans for the job.

Commercial Art Stained Glass Restoration

Along with making stained glass masterpieces to pull-in business to your Salt Lake City commercial location, we also do restorations on existing glass. Stained glass features were common in Utah in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Many commercial buildings here in Salt Lake City have features like stained glass ceilings, walls, windows, and signs. Since stained glass does require restoration every 75 to 100 years–much of our historical stained glass is due for restoration. Here at Salt Lake City Stained Glass, we are experts in everything from on-site cleaning and drop-in repairs on commercial stained glass, to full restoration of the pieces that set your space apart.

Whether you own a building and want to add a new stand-out stained glass feature or simply would like to have your stained glass assessed for a restoration–contact us today! We will come out and give you a free estimate or assess your antique stained glass free of charge!

Is Restoring Stained Glass Worth the Investment?

When it comes time to restore your stained glass, you may not expect the cost required for this process. Stained glass restoration is a very labor-intensive process that can take around a month for one window alone. Stained glass actually requires restoration every 75 to 100 years, making this process inevitable. When weighing your options, restoration is actually a worthy investment for preserving your beloved stained glass. Stained glass investment actually provides some great benefits for any Salt Lake City property.

The Advantages of Stained Glass Investment for Restoration

Investing in your existing stained glass is great for improving the overall value and ensuring the antique value is optimized. Stained glass investment is actually much more cost-effective than replacement. The great thing is that the initial cost of restoration is cheaper than replacement but the overall appraisal value after the work has been finished skyrockets. Similar to renovating a home, stained glass restoration offers the same equity benefits. Stained glass investment also ensures that future generations get the opportunity to enjoy your piece as well. When properly executed, restoration can actually add another century or two to your stained glass’ lifespan. We’re always happy to help you evaluate the price of repairs vs. restoration vs. replacement.

Work with Salt Lake City’s Leading Stained Glass Investment Experts

Salt Lake City Stained Glass is honored to be the leading stained glass investment experts serving the Utah area. We understand how important it is to find a great ROI for any investment you decide to make. We provide thorough stained glass assessments that include appraisals, cost-benefit analysis, and the different pricing for work. Our stained glass artisans can return your stained glass back to its former glory with our renowned restoration process.

For more information regarding stained glass investment for your property, please contact us!

Beautiful Example of Using Stained Glass in Wedding Venues

Stained Glass makes a lovely feature in homes and on churches across the world. It is so stunning, in fact, that using it only in architectural settings only seems like a waste! That is why we decided to point out how gorgeous stained glass could be as a wedding setting! It refracts colors, reflects surroundings and its ubiquitously pretty designs are only a few of reasons why it should make an appearance at your upcoming Salt Lake City wedding this year!

A Stained Glass Wedding Backdrop

Finding a church with stained glass to get married under is pretty simple. But what if you are looking for an outdoor wedding? Or want a more secular location? In that case, you need to find a way to make stained glass come to you. Stained glass wedding backdrops are an idea but arguably hard to find–a wedding planner may have some ideas. Some spots offer stained glass backdrops as part of their wedding packages– like this one on Pinterest. If you want to go more DIY, try piecing together a few vintage stained glass panels like this one recommended by Martha Stewart.

A Stained Wedding Glass Cake

If finding the right stained glass backdrop at the right price proves too difficult–a stained glass cake could be an idea. Something like this is more affordable, easier to source and still gives you that stained glass charm. Plus, they are beautiful and delicious too. A real stunner, your stained glass wedding cake is something your guests will be talking about for years to come!

A Stained Glass Reception Seating Chart

Every bride wants a memorable seating chart. Plus making something traditionally boring into something people will be pinning for ages is an art! Therefore, a fantastic idea for seating charts is stained glass panels! Just look at this stunning stained glass panel seating chart. It demands attention and beautifully points guests to their tables.

Here at Salt Lake City Stained Glass, we have a lot of ideas on how you can incorporate stained glass into any event, home, church or business. Contact us today for a free consultation and some stained glass suggestions!

Understanding the Investment of Stained Glass Repair

Dealing with a broken leaded glass window can be stressful. Often, stained glass artwork is passed down from one generation to the next and serves as a sort of family heirloom. Churches too, hold their windows in high regard and value them greatly. Many feel that they play an important role of representing their ideals and beliefs. So when a window or work of art is damaged, the owners often feel a sense of heartbreak. Something that is meaningful to them is at risk of being lost forever.
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Scottish Stained Glass and Altar’d State

Did you know that Scottish Stained Glass recently completed work for national retailer Altar’d State? Not only did we just wrap up a massive project for this retail location, but we completed the whole thing in just two weeks time!

We’re extremely proud of our team for their efforts on this project, and incredibly grateful for our partners at Altar’d State. This project was truly a team effort, and required the time and energy of everyone involved. We’re so glad we got the opportunity to partner with Altar’d State a second time, and look forward to our continued partnership.

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