Pane Staking

March 2022

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Photo of a man through an archway with his hand steadying a pain of stained glass

Photo: Andrew Brodhead

In mid-2021, vandals threw wine bottles at MemChu’s façade, damaging four panels of Lilies of the Field that had been in place since 1912. A Stanford staff team collaborated with Helios Art Glass on a meticulous restoration of the stained glass, including a trip to Los Angeles to find fragments of just the right colors and opacity. Helios glued more than 100 splintered shards back into place using a specialized two-part museum epoxy, which made the cracks invisible and produced repaired glass—here being installed by Tom Lehnartz—as strong as the original.

Kali Shiloh is a staff writer at Stanford. Email her at

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