Restoration of Chapel Window Frames & Shutters
Part 1: Removal
Rancho Camulos Museum


CHAPEL WINDOWS & SHUTTERS RESTORATION 2018

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Part 1: Removal

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Part 2: Restoration

In the summer of 2018, Michael Adams, "The Santa Paula Craftsman" (santapaulacraftsman.com, EPA Renovator Certificate No. RI22015-18-3058), restored the worn-out window frames and shutters of the chapel on the grounds of Rancho Camulos Museum. The chapel was built in the 1860s on order of Ysabel del Valle, matriarch of the family that owned most of the Santa Clarita Valley until 1865.

This video by Adams' company shows the initial phase of the restoration project, namely the removal of the antique double-hung windows. The video offers a rare close-up look at some of the architectural features and artistry of the chapel and its signature "sacred heart" stained-glass window, which probably dates to the 1920s. The window came from the Roy C. Bailie Studios, which opened for business November 26, 1923, at 2328 W. 7th Street in Los Angeles. (L.A. Times advertisement, 11/26/1923.) The studio was a vendor of Tiffany favrile glass and other Tiffany products. Louis Comfort Tiffany developed favrile glass, a type of iridescent art glass, in the 1890s and used it in his firm's stained-glass windows.

The Restoration Project.

Windows:

  •  Remove the window/sash
  •  Fill the empty frame with a temporary wood panel
  •  Dispose of lead-contaminated dust, chips and debris, and dispose properly
  •  Take the window sashes to shop in Santa Paula
  •  Remove the paint and glazing from the sashes
  •  Remove glass
  •  Stabilize the cracked and rotted wood with 2-part epoxy
  •  Reinforce the frame while maintaining the integrity and feature of the original wood peg joinery
  •  Clean and polish the glass
  •  Replace the glass in the frame
  •  Apply modern points/fasteners to keep glass in frame
  •  Apply a high quality putty
  •  Seal/prime exposed wood with an oil-based primer or shellac
  •  Attempt to match original paint with a high quality water-based paint
  •  Ready for re-installation

Window frames:

  •  Position plastic to catch lead-based paint chips
  •  Remove old paint
  •  Stabilize the cracked and rotted wood with 2-part epoxy
  •  Reinforce the frame while maintaining the integrity and feature of the original joinery
  •  Seal/prime exposed wood with an oil-based primer or shellac
  •  Attempt to match original paint with a high quality water-based paint

Marrying frame and windows:

  •  Re-install windows/sashes
  •  Dispose of lead-contaminated dust, chips and debris, and dispose properly

Wood shutters:

  •  Remove the shutter
  •  Dispose of lead-contaminated dust, chips and debris, and dispose properly
  •  Take the shutter to shop in Santa Paula
  •  Disassemble shutter
  •  Remove the paint
  •  Stabillize the cracked and rotted wood with 2-part epoxy
  •  Remanufacture damaged parts as needed
  •  Reinforce the frame while maintaining the integrity and feature of the original wood peg joinery
  •  Seal/prime exposed wood with an oil-based primer or shellac
  •  Attempt to match original paint with a high-quality water-based paint
  •  Ready for re-installation

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