PIERRE, S.D. – (DRG News) Stained glass sections that were removed from above the grand marble staircase in the State Capitol are being returned-just a few months after they were taken away for cleaning and restoration. Conrad Schmitt Studios of Wisconsin is the company that has taken out the colorful glass from the Rotunda dome, the barrel vault and the House and Senate chambers as part of a complete restoration project. The barrel vault glass was taken out in March and the panels began to be put back in place yesterday. Kevin Grabowski of Conrad Schmitt Studios says it’s good to see the first group of pieces back where they belong.
Grabowski says the glass from the four different locations in the Capitol have all created different challenges.
Grabowski says the barrel vault sections contained some pieces that did not match the original glass. The mismatched glass had been used in places where repairs were made in the past. He says they were able to replace those pieces with glass that was much like the original glass. He says another change was made to reinforcing bars on the glass panels. He says now they are curved and placed in a way that will keep the glass from bowing between the metal support bars.
Grabowski says the Capitol stained glass project has garnered national attention.
Lighting will be added behind the lower rows of the barrel vault glass to better enhance some panels.
Stained glass from the Rotunda dome and House and Senate Chambers are expected to return to the Capitol in September.
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