SAINT AUGUSTINE – Big renovations are happening at the Lightner Museum, and what better place to start than the museum’s second floor stained glass gallery? The stained glass gallery will be moving to the third level, and the former Alcazar Hotel massage room on the second floor spa gallery will be turned into a new, state of the art space for the museum’s cut glass collection. Renovating these spaces allows the museum to improve its displays and to exhibit items that have been patiently waiting to be taken out of storage.
The Lightner is excited about these improvements, because it also provides the opportunity to list the stained glass collection as part of the museum’s Adopt an Artifact program. Each piece of stained glass will be available for adoption with specific information on its current condition and the work needed for restoration.
RLA Conservation of Art and Architecture visited the Lightner and assisted in disassembling the stained glass room to get it ready for remodeling. RLA also professionally assessed the stained glass collection in order to provide an accurate estimate of how much damage each piece has, and how much each item will cost to restore. The Flagler Museum in Palm Beach and the Cummer Museum in Jacksonville are just two of RLA’s select clients.
The newly restored cut glass exhibit will be on display Oct. 19 for the museum’s anniversary celebration along with exciting museum pieces available for adoption, including the museum’s stained glass collection. The gallery renovations were funded in part by the members of the Lightner Museum, St. Johns County Tourist Development Council, and the Crisp-Ellert Fund at the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.
ADOPT AN ARTIFACT
Adopt an Artifact allows donations to be made to the Lightner Museum that go directly towards the restoration of a specific item in the collection, which is typically selected by the Curator or Director of the museum.
One of the pieces high on the museum’s priority list for restoration is the Tiffany stained glass window panel, St. Augustine c. 1900.
o restore this stained glass window panel, it must first be removed from the wooden frame that it is housed in. The panel is bowed, and should be placed on a flat surface to reduce the bowing. Multiple pieces of lead came, the grooved lead strips that hold together pieces of glass in a stained glass window, are either bent or separated from the pieces of glass that they should be holding together. The lead came in those places needs to be replaced or bent back to where they belong. Some of the missing glass pieces have been found and need to be reattached, while other sections with missing glass need to be replaced. Much of the glass that is missing or broken is due to the bowing and bent lead cames. Finally, once all the glass and lead came is repaired, the wood frame around the entire panel needs to be replaced.
This Tiffany stained glass window panel is available for adoption for $12,380.00.
There are 15 pieces of stained glass available for adoption. If you are interested in adopting this piece, or learning what else is available through the Adopt an Artifact program, visit www.lightnermuseum.org/adopt-stained-glass or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 904.824.2874 ext. 100
The Lightner Museum is a non-profit cultural institution sustained by the generous support of individuals, businesses, and sponsors. Donations are appreciated.