Unique glass restored in downtown facade

Underneath a layer of plywood and coating of unattractive yellow spray paint, construction workers toiling at a downtown building recently found a gem of glasswork.


Unique Luxfer leaded glass transom windows were restored to their original condition by Franklin Art Glass Studios and again adorn the facade of the building at 135 W. Columbus Ave. (EXAMINER PHOTO | REUBEN MEES)


After removing layers of plywood, construction workers found a unique Luxfer leaded transom glass coated in yellow spray paint. (PHOTO | COMSTOR OUTDOOR)


Employees of Franklin Art Glass Studios work to restore unique Luxfer leaded glass transom windows coated with paint discovered during the restoration of the facade.The Luxfer antique leaded glass transom windows were discovered hidden beneath a layer of plywood at developer Jason Duff’s 135 W. Columbus Ave. building that most recently housed Canterbury Coffee and Tea. (PHOTO | COMSTOR OUTDOOR)

Employees of Robinson Construction Co. working to remodel the building for the Olde Mint Antique Mall removed the plywood that had been installed many years ago and discovered the painted glass, Matt Brown of Mr. Duff’s business Comstor Outdoor said.

They hired the company Franklin Art Glass Studios Inc. of Columbus to restore and install the glass panes in their original locations above the storefront.

“They told us they were unique in the sense that they are so old and were original to the building,” Mr. Brown said.

“Once the upper floor windows are installed on the third floor next week, we will be putting finishing touches on the trim that outlines the transom windows.