View the award-winning restoration of the stained glass windows at Trinity United Methodist Church in Fernandina Beach.
During restoration of the Trinity United Methodist Church in 2000, plywood covering the damaged stained windows was removed and each window was individually refurbished by Creative Glassworks. Each stain glass panel had at least 50 pieces held in place with lead which had become warped over the years due to age, pollution, vibration, and breakage from Hurricane Dora in 1964. The window restoration goal was not to recreate the look when new, but rather to repair and conserve what was already in place.
Kirk Reber is the director of Creative Glassworks and a glass artist. Creative Glassworks was awarded the Preservation Excellence Award from the Florida Trust for Historic Preservation for its work at Trinity UMC.
Reber noted, “Living in a nation in existence only 224 years, we have a responsibility to preserve that which is important to us culturally and to respect the artistry and craftsmanship of those who preceded us.”
If you missed previous chances to view the restoration, Trinity UMC at 715 Ash Street (corner of Ash and 8th) will be open on Saturday, November 19, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for people to view the restored vintage stain glass windows “in the light of day.” In addition, Ron Kurtz will be at the church at the noon hour as docent to lead a discussion and answer questions. Kurtz is an author of a popular history of Amelia Island and a series of children’s books and sits on the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library board.
This opportunity to view the restoration is free and open to the public.