The Industry & Artistry of Portland Windows
Meyer Memorial Trust Gallery
On exhibit through October, 2016.
This exciting new exhibit explores the construction and design of windows throughout history with an emphasis on local companies, artisans, and products.
Industry and Artistry focuses on the years 1880 to 1930 when art glass and millwork manufacturing were at their heights in Portland and the United States. Many of the windows on display, including some beautiful stained glass, were salvaged by our founders, Jerry Bosco and Ben Milligan from buildings demolished in the 1960s and 1970s.
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.
Sponsored by the Oregon Heritage Commission
Additional Support by Merrill Lynch, David Schlicker Stained Glass Studio, Inc., & Jackie Peterson-Loomis