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HOPE Crew Learning Lab: Historic Window Maintenance 

10-19-2021 10:45

In this video spotlighting historic window maintenance, Ariana Makau of Nzilani Glass Conservation walks viewers through the basic skills needed to re-glaze a historic window. This learning lab is brought to you by HOPE Crew (Hands-On Preservation Experiences), a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, working to introduce preservation trades skills to new audiences nationwide.  

Sponsored by the TAWANI Foundation and Kinsman Foundation.  

Learning Objectives

The viewer will learn entry-level skills to maintain historic windows including: 

  • Understand health and safety considerations 
  • Learn necessary tools to perform window maintenance 
  • Understand how to remove brittle and failing glazing 
  • Understand how to remove old glazier points and install new hardware 
  • Learn how to apply new glazing  

Ariana Makau has been a conservator for over 25 years, having worked at numerous museums in the States and abroad including the V&A, the Met, SFMoMA and the J. Paul Getty Museum. She is a Board Member of the Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA), a Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation (AIC), and is President and Principal Conservator of Nzilani Glass Conservation. Nzilani is a highly specialized architectural glass preservation, design and fabrication company dedicated to making the profession more equitable by being accessible to under-served communities. What started as a small, one-woman studio has expanded to include a full-time core crew of glaziers, artists, project managers and interns. 

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