This year the Cross House was awarded a substantial grant, in part to restore the 40 stained-glass windows in the Cross House. The damage above is a testament to the need of such work. Had the window not been so terribly fragile, it would not have been affected by the wind. It is interesting that the window managed to survive 120-years of storms and high winds and even the occasional tornado to hit Emporia, but this week, this week, it at last reached its snapping point. From what I can tell, the weight of the window, combined with the wind, caused the bottom row of clear beveled-glass pieces to buckle, and then give way. The window then fell out.
Luckily, I believe the window can be restored. Actually, I am amazed it survived as well as it did. I found very little broken glass, just lots of intact pieces which I picked up. The panel is even intact enough, I think, for the pattern to be rightfully recreated, and I have additional pre-damage images. Oddly, the very fragility of the panel caused both its destruction, and will prove its salvation. Because the panel was so fragile (meaning that the lead caming was brittle and broken all over), it was the lead which broke apart upon crashing to the ground rather than the glass.
So, as bad things go…this is a bit of a start but not too bad.
In a few months, I look forward with great anticipation doing the sequel to this post: Stained-Glass REBORN!
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