The exhibit tells the story of glassmaking, from ancient history to the 20th century, and how glass came to be used in windows like those we see and use every day. You’ll also learn about the dearth of local window glassmakers in Portland, even at a time when there were many Portland area wood window sash companies. By the mid-nineteenth century, wood sash windows were common in American architecture. They were mass produced and not only could a builder or homeowner acquire them at a local millwork company, they could purchase windows through mail order catalogs.
The exhibit will also explore the use of art glass in windows, particularly stained glass. Included in this story is the famous Povey Brothers Glass Company, which for a time dominated the art glass industry in Portland, producing amazing windows. We’ll also include a nod to our founders who operated a stained glass company of their own in the 1970s – early 1980s.