The US Air Force Academy Chapel in Colorado Springs is going to close next summer for up to four years to try and sort out the structure (which leaks). This includes "removing and cleaning 24,000 stained-glass tiles".
Had to look at many sites to find a mention of the studio that provided the dalle de verre........Loire Studio in France was not mentioned specifically, only that the glass was from France.........other thoughts?? Thanks.
From contemporary SGAA articles which I can only see snippets of in Google Books (you might be able to see more on your side of the pond) it looks like Judson Studios and John W. Winterich & Associates made the glass. (No doubt the original articles would say a lot more if you can get hold of them.)
If made by Loire, they definitely come from France but I do not find that work mentionned in CO. See below. The glass dalles were fabricted by Albertini, the best to find ever in France. The family still is in production but
in other glass production.
Also Robert Pinart made windows for same location but do not know exactly which chapel?
Gabriel Loire works in CO
Saint Joseph Hospital Chapel
1835 Franklin Street
R.G. Irwin arch Dalle 1963 9 baies 56 m²
+Mosaïque murale 1964 1 paroi 3 m²
+ Chemin de croix en mosaïque 1964
New Mercy Hospital Chapel
1619 Milwaukee Street
Linder, Wright & White arch Dalle 1963 4 baies 10 m²
South Suburban Christian Church
7275 S. BRoadway
J. H. Johnson arch Dalle 1969 1 baie 4 m²
Swedish Medical Center Chapel
3400 S. Clarkson
Fisher & Davis arch Dalle 1964 20 baies 13 m²
Federal Correctional Chapel Dalle 1967 6 baies 7 m²
There are different chapels within the building. The glass may have been done by various studios. Judson lists them as a credit on Wikipedia
"The Cadet Chapel was the culminating architectural element of SOM's master plan and design of the entire U.S. Air Force Academy campus. The striking building features a succession of 17 glass and aluminum spires — each composed of 100 tetrahedrons — enclosing the upper level. Continuous panels of brilliant stained glass clad the tubular tetrahedrons, enabling diffused light to enter the building.
The 150-foot-tall chapel is situated on a podium adjacent to the Court of Honor. The program required three distinct chapels: a 900-seat Protestant chapel, a 500-seat Catholic chapel, and a 100-seat Jewish chapel. Each chapel has a separate entrance. The main floor Protestant chapel is enclosed by tetrahedrons clad in extruded aluminum separated by continuous colored glass panels, with windows of special laminated glass. The terrace-level Catholic chapel is characterized by precast masonry forming the ceiling pattern, with side walls of amber glass and strip windows of faceted glass. The Jewish chapel is a circular room enclosed in cypress frames and stained-glass slabs, with a foyer of brown Jerusalem stone donated by the Israeli Air Force."
"Blenko long has been known for its stained glass, which can be found in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the chapel of the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado,"
After the posting about the dalle installation at the Air Force Academy, Judith Hiemer Van Wie sent a note to her dad...and here is his response.
" I remember being in the chapel with Bill (Blenko) and his story about how the glass cracked when hit with cold water on a very hot day. Blenko had to reformulate the glass to withstand the thermal shock. Now------maybe the lower chapels have french dalles cast in a design . I think Winterich had that job.
The upper chapel had Dalles set into an aluminum structure."
some of the "slit" windows at the Air Force Academy were not completely vertical......and being at about 7,000 feet..... might this have affected the dalles? I will send a note to Blenko and see what they say.