Conserving Our Community Treasures
Conservation of the Laconia Library Stained Glass Windows
New Hampshire has a wealth of historic buildings and artworks, all of which need and deserve to be cared for. A unique program that generates funds for this work is provided through New Hampshire’s Conservation License Plates, sometimes called “Moose Plates.” The voluntary purchase of these license plates helps state agencies to support the conservation of our state’s natural, historical and cultural heritage. Since 2001, the Conservation License Plate program has contributed to more than 150 projects.
In FY2010 three divisions of the Department of Cultural Resources- the State Arts Council, Historical Resources, and the State Library- collaborated on funding the restoration of the stained glass windows in Laconia Public Library’s Periodical Room.
The Laconia Public Library opened in 1903 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. It features more than 90 exterior and interior stained glass windows including individual panels designed by Boston architect Arthur B. Cutter. The windows range in complexity from simple to intricate and are carefully located around the building to capture the sun’s ray at various points throughout the day.
The restoration of the windows was accomplished by artist Tom Gloudemans of Hancock. An active member of the League of NH Craftsmen, Tom has restored windows around the state including the Dublin Town Library, the Francestown Community Church and St. Denis Church.
The arts are making a difference in communities throughout New Hampshire.
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July 20, 2011