Major artisans who built stained glass windows heritage of Quebec
Only few artisans built the stained glass heritage in Quebec. It is essentially a religious heritage. These windows were created over a period between 1900 and 1950 approximately and it coincides with the golden age of churches construction in the province. Before and after this period, the production is sparse and stained glass is often imported from France, England or elsewhere.
The work is of very fine quality. Churches that had generous donors have provided beautifully crafted stained glass windows while the less privileged churches had no stained glass at all. Some artists have produced outstanding works where buildings were classified and protected.
A so large collective works concentrated in churches that nobody attends anymore arises the issue of protecting that heritage. The wear of time doing its work. This applies not only for stained glass windows but also for buildings themselves and their furniture.
Outside churches, one can observe several glass artworks in public buildings, such as the Montreal Metro stations or more recently, colored panels on the front of the Palais des Congres of Montreal. For its part, the stained glass in homes is not used very much. We see it especially in the construction of a certain age in the wealthy neighborhoods of cities.
The presentation of Major glass artists who created the stained glass windows heritage of Quebec is a personal initiative that has no scientific and historical claim. This is far from a complete and detailed inventory. Not all artisans have been presented. More will be added over time and with further research. If you have stained glass windows in your area that should be mentioned or some photos or genealogical facts, just let me know.