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The Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Stained Glass Repair

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In November of 2022 we were asked to inspect the stained glass windows in the Club House restaurant at The Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades.  The Riviera Golf and Tennis Club is a historic club. It was founded in 1926 by members of the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The club was an immediate success with many celebrities and prominent businessmen signing up as members. Over the years the club had been the home of the U.S. Open, PGA Championship, U.S. Amateur, U.S. Senior Open and the NCAA Championships.  In 2028, it will host the men’s and women’s golf competitions when the Olympic Games come to Los Angeles.

There are five sets of hemisphere windows approximately 8 feet wide and 44" tall. They are comprised of two panels each being 1/4 of the window. The windows had many broken pieces, but the main problem is that they were very loose.In actuality, the windows themselves were not installed properly. While there is wood molding around the perimeter the two sections of the window are supported in the center with a steel T bar and putty. The problem is that in a normal T bar installation there are steel clips that fasten the windows to the T bar before the putty is applied. In this case there were none., and the glazing putty was nonexistent.

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On the initial inspection of the windows, I also noticed that there was a considerable number of broken pieces, and there were areas that needed reglazing. After explaining the problem, and submitting a proposal, we were asked to do what was necessary to restore the windows to their original condition. The Club also wanted us the finish the restoration before the beginning of the Genisis Open which is scheduled for February 16th, 2023. 

We removed all the windows at the beginning of December and the Club installed clear acrylic in their place. We then transported the windows to our studio in Santa Monica. Once in the studio we began work on them. With samples of the glass, we were able to order the pale green background glass directly from Kokomo Opalescent Glass. Surprisingly they are able to get it to us in about one week. The rest of the glass (old Desag hand blown antique glass from the 1970's and 80's) we fortunately had in stock. The repairs went very well. All the glass was a perfect match and there were no surprises in the procedure. We let the windows sit for a few weeks allowing the putty to cure. We also had to wait for the surprising deluge of rain to let up.

Finally, we were able to install the beginning of the third week of January well in advance of the open.


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