Stained Glass Website for Saint Botolph!
Thanks to all the neighbors who sent in their beautiful examples of stained glass in their homes. Our great neighbor Dan d'Heilly has been working hard to create and update a Saint Botolph Stained Glass website. It is not yet finished but ready for neighbors to review. Take a look and help Dan by sending him your photos! Dan is working overtime to get all the stained glass photographed and onto the website by the end of summer. Keep checking his website!
How to clean your Stained Glass Window!
Did you know we have about 200 stained glass windows that still adorn buildings in the Saint Botolph neighborhood? Dan asked former St. Botolph craftsman Jim Anderson about how to clean stained glass windows, and his answer surprised him." I didn't realize that stained glass windows need repair every hundred years or so!" Dan reported. After windows are finished and the leading soldered, most craftsmen apply a linseed-based grout to both sides of each pane to make it waterproof. Grout naturally dries and crumbles after 70-110 years, and needs repair. How you clean the window impacts the useful life of your grout.
Jim related that he cleans the new grout off with sawdust and whiting, then waits for it to dry. Then to eliminate streaks, he uses a little Windex misted onto a rag-free clothe. With old windows, he uses as little water as possible,
“Mist a little Windex onto a paper towel and clean each pane separately, but avoid wetting the grout. Whatever you do, don’t spray cleaner onto the stained glass window!”
If your windows need repair or you are interested in commissioning a new window, Jim's workshop is on Tremont Street in the South End. Jim worked for the big St Botolph firms when he was learning his craft.
We need your Stained Glass window photos!
We invite you to take photos of your stained glass windows from inside and out, and then send them to us or text photos to Dan d'Heilly on 617-792-7472. Please include the street address, the photographer's name and whether or not you want photo credit in a caption( please say yes!)
It is difficult to photograph from the street, so some shots just aren't very good.
Help us make this a great collection of Saint Botolph stained glass photos!
The remaining website work includes cool content like a stained glass walking map, and photo address captions for current photos. Volunteers welcome.
Click here to view some beautiful Saint Botolph Stained Glass