Stained-Glass Windows…A Miraculous Resurrection! PART II


In my previous post on the subject, I wrote about how the triple set of stained-glass windows from the upper stair hall have returned to the Cross House after being restored by Hoefer Stained Glass. In this image you can see the Before image.



And the After image. Just amazing. The restoration of the wood sashes is now underway.



Natural light makes the glass really come alive. Again, this window USED to look like…



..this. And it looked like this for at least two decades.



The fabulous jewel cluster.



Before the six sashes can be reinstalled, each needs to be glazed, as shown here. Once the glazing dries (why, oh why, cannot somebody invent quick-dry glazing????), the glazing and wood will be painted with oil-base primer, then two coats of gloss oil-base black paint. Then — drum roll, please — the windows will make a triumphant return to the upper stair hall, glorious and magnificent once again, with trumpets ablaze. And, thank God for the Kansas Heritage Grant.



  1. Betsy on February 12, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    Soooo exciting !

  2. [email protected] on February 12, 2016 at 8:04 pm

    Not sure what type of glazing you’re using, but if it’s Sarco they don’t recommend priming!

    • Ross on February 13, 2016 at 6:00 pm

      Hi Meg!!!

      I am using DAP, which does recommend priming, and with oil-base paint.

      I know this because I did something men basically never do: I read the instructions.

  3. Julia on February 13, 2016 at 9:16 am

    Wow! Just wow! As Liz Taylor said ““Big girls need big diamonds.” You are giving your big girl her diamonds back! Bravo to you and Hoefer Stained glass!

  4. Carla Windsor Brown on February 13, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Ross, I just now finished reading your entire blog, as well as comments the way one would read a novel. And you know that feeling of loss at the end of a great book whose characters you’ve come to love and count as friends? Gosh, I feel that now except I know with patience, this story will continue!

    I grew up a few blocks from the Cross House, the first part of my 1960’s childhood in a home owned by my grandmother, also chopped into apartments, at 427 Cottonwood then the folks bought 421 Market. I grew up playing all over that entire neighborhood, so that house has fascinated me my entire life! I am anxious to drive by the next time I’m in Emporia from Wichita and see her west side with my own two eyes!!

    I am so happy you fell in love with her. And by the way, it has been suggested a couple of times that you set up a GoFundMe account and I absolutely agree!!!!

  5. Sharon on February 13, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    Beautiful! Just beautiful.

  6. Amy Heavilin on February 16, 2016 at 7:58 pm

    I am so deliriously jealous of these windows. I could gaze at them all day long.

    • Ross on February 16, 2016 at 8:12 pm

      Amy, once the windows are back in place, I plan to place a chair in the upper stair hall, and do just that: gaze at them all day long.

      Then, at night, I plan to place a chair on the lawn, and gaze at them all night long (lighted from inside).

      I will of course not get any work done, but who cares when I am so happy?

  7. Vicki F. on February 16, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    Wow, these are beautiful. Hoefer Stained Glass appears to be very meticulous and conscientous about their work and aren’t you glad to have found them? As many windows as you have in the Cross House, it seems yours will be a very long and lasting association. So happy for you!

  8. Drew on February 17, 2016 at 9:12 am

    Gorgeous! A lost art.

    Once installed, will the restored glass be protected from outside elements with another pane of glass?

    Asking for a friend. 🙂

    • Ross on February 17, 2016 at 10:10 am

      Hi Drew,

      I will not be adding external glass, for two reasons.

      It gets dirty between the window and the external glass!

      The stained-glass offers a nice three-dimensional animated quality to the outside. The sun hits the many pieces of glass in different ways, and it all sparkles and shimmers. When you cover over the windows with a piece of plain glass, all this is lost.

  9. Seth Hoffman on October 16, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Wow, they look amazing!

  10. djd_fr on January 15, 2017 at 9:07 am

    Wow! So beautiful! I will not make this comment each time, ha, ha, but it is indeed a pleasure to see the beauty of all your work as you go along.

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