Custom Stained Glass Houston’s Recent Church Project: Battle Creek TabernacleMartin Faith
In the heart of Battle Creek, Michigan, lies the historic Battle Creek Tabernacle, a place of deep spiritual significance with a history that stretches back to the mid-19th century. This cherished church has played a pivotal role in the development of the Seventh-day Adventist movement. To honor its rich heritage and enhance its aesthetic appeal, Custom Stained Glass Houston embarked on an extraordinary project. This article delves into the remarkable journey of creating and installing exquisite stained glass windows for the Battle Creek Tabernacle.
A Storied Legacy
The Battle Creek Tabernacle stands as a testament to faith and history, having witnessed the evolution of worship spaces from humble wooden structures to its current, more modern building. In 2023, the church decided to embark on a journey that would pay homage to its rich past while elevating its interior aesthetic. To achieve this, they partnered with Custom Stained Glass Houston, a company known for its artistry and craftsmanship in the world of stained glass.
Preserving the Past and Enhancing the Present
The project at Battle Creek Tabernacle wasn’t just about adding a stained glass window; it was about preserving history and crafting a masterpiece that would stand as a symbol of faith for generations to come.
Design and Artwork
The church selected “The Rescue,” an inspiring composition by renowned artist Nathan Greene, as the foundation for their stained glass masterpiece. Custom Stained Glass Houston’s master artisans meticulously translated the original painting’s delicate details and colors into stained glass, ensuring that the hues would come to life when illuminated by the sun.
Preserving the structural integrity of the nearly century-old church was a top priority. To support the weight of the monumental stained glass window, a custom metal frame was created. Expertly painted to match the existing stained glass windows in the church, this frame seamlessly blends with the historical aesthetics.
Anchoring System with Steel Plates
Installing a stained glass window of this scale required careful consideration. To evenly distribute the window’s weight, it was divided into ten individually framed panels. Steel plates were strategically added to the exterior of the church, providing robust support for the metal framing and stained glass. These plates were meticulously painted to match the existing brick, preserving the church’s historic charm.
Backlit Lighting System
It was important to keep the existing wall since the church is a historic structure. To create the effect of natural sunlight streaming through the stained glass, Custom Stained Glass Houston incorporated a backlit lighting system. Ten low-voltage LED panels were wired together to provide soft, even illumination. We worked with the onsite electrician to ensure that all wires remained hidden. This thoughtful design ensures that the radiant colors are beautifully showcased without any glaring hotspots, and it enhances the overall aesthetics of the church.
An Enduring Symbol of Faith and Artistry
The result of this monumental project is awe-inspiring. The once-blank wall of the Battle Creek Tabernacle has been transformed into a breathtaking work of art. Radiant colors illuminate the intricate details, and the spirit of the church’s history is preserved in stained glass. The congregation and community couldn’t be more delighted with the outcome.
Custom Stained Glass Houston, in collaboration with the Battle Creek Tabernacle, has left an indelible mark on this remarkable place of worship. The stained glass window serves as an enduring symbol of faith, history, and artistic excellence. It stands as a testament to the enduring power of stained glass, where history and modern craftsmanship unite to inspire and uplift the spirit.
In the heart of Battle Creek, this stained glass masterpiece embodies the essence of the Battle Creek Tabernacle’s rich history and the beauty of artistic expression, continuing to inspire generations of worshipers and visitors alike.