Stained Glass Restoration Project
I recently had the honor of beginning a large stained glass restoration project at the Chateau Gudanes in the south west of France. The project includes the restoration of two very large windows that are in the vestibule of the Chateau and two beautifully painted windows in the Chapel.
The Chateau de Gudanes, in its present form, was built between 1740 to 1751. The Chateau has a storied past, including the fact that the architect who designed it was the same architect that designed the famous Petit Trianon at Versailles for Marie Antoinette and the Place de la Concorde in Paris.
In 1994, the French Government designated the Chateau as a “monument historique”. This is a designation extended to buildings and structures that are of the highest importance to France’s architectural and cultural heritage. Other “monuments historique” in France include the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame. This designation sets a high standard for the restoration.