In 2000, fire completely destroyed the First United Methodist Church of Texarkana. But like a phoenix, the new church rose up from the ashes: the new structure was dedicated on May 18, 2003. Not only was the architecture of the old structure replicated, but the church wanted the original stained glass windows as well. Lynchburg Stained glass was commissioned to replicate the original opalescent windows along with the large mahogany frames to showcase them. These frames sizes included
- Two 18′ x 29′
- One 18′ x 14′
- Four 4′ x 16′
- Two 3’6″ x 12′
When the fire ravaged the church, it left little to nothing in its wake. The damage was so extensive that the few bits of broken stained glass that were salvaged fit in a coffee cup. These shards were sent to Kokomo, one of our opalescent glass manufacturers, and they pulled old formulae in order to color-match the glass. Using photos, Lynchburg Stained Glass recreated First United Methodist Church’s towering opalescent windows. Between redrawing the scenes and color-matching the original stained glass, LSG was able to help the church recover from the tragedy by giving them back their windows.