Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation

Lamb Studios

190 Greenwood Avenue
Midland Park, New Jersey 07432
Phone: 201-891-8585
Web: visit →
Contact: Donald Samick

"Since 1857, the J&R Lamb Studios has been at the forefront of Stained Glass art and restoration, creating works for major religions, public entities and private facilities throughout the United States and the World.

Our success is rooted in our continued drive to produce and restore timeless works of art, along with a personal touch and lifetime gurantee to ensure that our clients are completely satisfied."

- President and owner, Donald Samick

Southport Congregational Church, Southport CT

Restoration of a 111 year-old J&R Lamb Studios window

Hurricane Sandy did its damage to the Northeastern United States in late 2012. One of the victims was a beautiful stained glass window originally created by J&R Lamb Studios and installed at Southport Congregational Church in 1903. Both the wood frame and the stained glass windows were damaged by the storm, and portions of the stained glass were boarded over. We felt that it was fitting that 111 years after creating the window, we were now able to restore it.

All the stained glass was removed and safely transported back to our studio, where it was completely releaded. The existing frame was initially slated for wood repairs only, but upon closer inspection, it became clear that the frame needed to be replaced. Master Craftsman Erich Kress performed his magic once again and replicated the beautiful frame, which included venting to the interior of the church and horizontal T-bars for the stained glass and protection glass that span the entire width of the window for additional strength. New protection glass was installed from the exterior and the restored stained glass panels were installed from the interior.

A stained glass panel gets reassembled in the studio. Southport Congregational Church.

 On site work of one of the tower windows, Southport Congregational Church.

Completion of the project - Exterior view of three dormer windows and three nave windows.

Detail of new wood frame, Southport Congregational Church

In studio, four panels have been disassembled, cleaned, and checked. 

Detail of a restored dormer window, Southport Congregational Church.

Master Craftsman, Erich Kress at work in the wood shop.

Nave window with restored frame and stained glass at Southport Congregational Church.

Detail of the integral venting system included in the new frame at Southport Congregational Church in Southport CT.