Catching Light at Columbus' Franklin Art Glass Studios

By Jill Sell / Ohio Magazine December 3, 2018

The old stained glass church windows, tired and dirty, are securely strapped to wooden carts. They almost look like patients being readied for surgery, and in a way they are. Nearby, depictions of Biblical scenes and the lives of saints are in pieces, fanned across tables. Each fragment of colorful glass is carefully cleaned and…
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Company restoring German Village church’s stained-glass windows

By Gary Seman Jr. / ThisWeek News July 16, 2018

A long-established German Village business is helping a historic church get ready for its grand reopening next year. Franklin Art Glass Studio has been hired to repair all of the stained-glass pieces at Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church. The studio is charged with 21 major pieces and six minor parts, which are non-stained-glass…
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Making Stained Glass Is Complicated and Amazing: This Company's Been Doing It for 94 Years

By Leigh Buchanan / Inc. Blog June 4, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Last year, a vandal snuck through a broken fence at Greenlawn Cemetery in Columbus, Ohio, and shattered a 90-year-old stained glass window in a mausoleum. Where once delicate white lilies bloomed before a purple sky, now there was a gaping wound. Stained glass windows are complex puzzles of prismatic art. Replacing one…
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Replacing Stained Glass Windows & Doors

By Dave Askam / House Trends Magazine April 13, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It’s a sad thing when Andrea Reid talks of how older houses have suffered over the years from the loss of their original stained glass windows and doors. Once a popular feature in homes of a certain vintage, she points out that stained glass was often removed due to changing tastes, or…
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July 14th, 2017 / Columbus Neighborhoods

Through the Depression and Recession, Fourth-Generation Family Stained Glass Company Thrives in Columbus

By Emily Thompson / Columbus Neighborhoods July 14, 2017

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Stained glass has always been a fixture in Andrea Helf Reid’s life. When she was a kid, summers meant traveling to different parts of the country for stained-glass conventions, which would roll into family vacations. Closer to home, she’d help out at the Helf family business, Franklin Art Glass Studios Inc., in…
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October 28th, 2016 / Urbana Citizen

Church Windows Being Restored

By Sally Johnson / Urbana Citizen October 28, 2016

URBANA, Ohio — For the next few months, the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany, 230 Scioto Street, will look like its preparing for a major storm. Its Gothic style stained glass sanctuary windows are being removed for restoration and the openings temporarily boarded up. The repair and cleaning of the windows is the largest and…
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