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Looking through the glass darkly has preoccupied humans from the timestained glass first appeared in the year 850. For centuries, only the wealthy and the church could possess it, but, by the late 1800s, stained glass was providing colorful grace and airy light to large residences. By the 1960s, every hippie den had a stained-glass window with incense and candles. The look became so popular that even plastic faux stained glass made an appearance, thankfully not for long.
March 8, 2014 | By Lauren Beale
Jared Padalecki, who stars on the long-running CW series "Supernatural," has recorded a very down-to-earth house sale in the San Fernando Valley for $2.4 million. The 1924 Spanish-style home, featuring vaulted beam ceilings and stained glass, has been fully renovated. A rough-hewn wooden door serves as the house's portal, so to speak. The 3,818 square feet of space inside includes a massive arch-topped window, a glass-enclosed library/office, a family/game room, four bedrooms and five bathrooms.
March 6, 1988 | LOIS GIBSON
FIFTEEN OR 20 years ago, it was an almost forgotten art form, but now many local studios make, sell, repair and restore stained glass for use in windows and doors. Early on, stained glass filled the windows of Europe's Gothic cathedrals, until Protestant sects began equating them with "darkness and superstition."
August 2, 2013
Strawberry-rhubarb stained-glass cookies Total time: 3 hours Servings: About 20 cookies Note: From Mary Ellen Rae in the Times Test Kitchen. Make the jam ahead so it can chill. The cookies can be stored airtight for several days in the refrigerator. Jam 1 cup diced rhubarb 1 cup diced strawberries 1/4 cup sugar 1 teaspoon cornstarch 2 teaspoons water 1. Combine the rhubarb, strawberries and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat until the fruit softens and breaks down, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
August 6, 2006
Adam Minter's excellent article on Father Thomas Lucas and his remarkable work to replace St. Ignatius Cathedral's stained-glass windows in Shanghai elaborated upon a story that his colleagues in Jesuit ministries have been following with great interest ("Jesus in China," July 16). Father Lucas and Chinese artist Wo Ye visited Loyola Marymount University last year to discuss the project. It's in very good hands. It would have been appropriate to acknowledge the artist who created the magnificent stained-glass window at LMU before which Father Lucas was photographed.
November 10, 1990 | PATRICK MOTT
Since the only stained-glass windows I ever saw when I was growing up were the ones in church, I never thought they'd be much of a hit inside a home. A bit too reverential. It would be tough, I thought, to whip a New Year's Eve party into the proper holiday frenzy with the pious visage of St. Stephen beaming into the room. I changed my mind a few years later, though, when I was told that if I could come up with the cash I could have a life-size stained-glass window of Harpo Marx.
January 12, 2003 | Mary Rourke, Times Staff Writer
Walter Judson, a fourth-generation stained-glass maker whose family-owned business, Judson Studios, created decorative windows for cathedrals, casinos and shopping malls, died Jan. 5 of a heart attack at Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo. He was 61. Judson took over the family business in 1975 in a direct succession that began with his great grandfather, William Lees Judson, in 1897.
When Michael Cassidy became president of Stained Glass Overlay Inc., a franchised designer glass business, his goal was to invigorate the stagnant string of 350 independently owned franchise outlets. Though the international chain had potential, it had been underperforming for about a decade: Profit was flat and revenue slow. Cassidy's challenge was to increase in-store revenue without alienating longtime owners, most of whom were artisans first and business people second.
For the last 100 years, the Judson family has designed stained-glass windows for churches, synagogues, banks, shopping centers and restaurants from coast to coast. The historic stained-glass center has also seen its share of damage caused by earthquakes, including the Long Beach quake in 1933 and the Sierra Madre quake in 1991. But the magnitude 6.6 Northridge earthquake Jan.
November 6, 2003 | Janet Eastman, Times Staff Writer
THE chameleon trait of stained glass -- in the fall, yellow becomes amber; in summer, blue more violet -- has kept it an architectural favorite in homes since the Renaissance. Its designs have glorified coats of arms in Gothics, bejeweled Victorians, framed nature in Craftsmans and added abstract punch to stark Moderns. Even overworked Jamestown settlers found the time to make decorative windows.
October 21, 2012 | By Jean Lenihan
As the outré Euro-style dinner-theater called Teatro ZinZanni parks its vintage 1910 Belgian spiegeltent on the scrubbed architectural grounds of the Segerstrom Center for the Arts for the next three months, there's much cooing among the ZinZanni staff about the luxuries of this Costa Mesa locale. "Marble bathrooms," says associate artistic director Reenie Duff. "It's a huge deal. " On a break from retooling scenes for the three-hour vaudeville revue "Love, Dinner & Chaos," ZinZanni Artistic Director Norm Langill and star improvisational comedian Kevin Kent concur about the lush surroundings.
June 21, 2012 | Doyle McManus
If Mitt Romney wins the presidential election this fall, he'll have Harry Reid partly to thank. The Republican presidential nominee and the Senate Democratic leader don't have much in common politically. But they're both members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints - that is, they're both Mormons. So whenever officials of the LDS church are asked about the once-common concern that a Mormon president might take orders from Salt Lake City, they have a ready answer: Just look at Harry Reid.
June 15, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
The bank-owned Santa Paula ranch that screen star Steve McQueen and his third wife, Barbara Minty, once owned has sold for $660,000. The property was listed in 2009 at $1.95 million but after multiple price reductions was lost to foreclosure in November at $699,283. The pair moved to the 15.3-acre Ventura County ranch in 1979 and were married in the home's living room in January 1980. The Victorian-style house, built in 1892, contains some of its original Victorian features, antique stained-glass windows and fireplaces in the family room and kitchen.
November 11, 2011 | By Zaid al-Alayaa and Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
  The tanks, mortars and firefights rumbling and crackling through the ancient city of Sana are endangering not only Yemen's future but also its magnificent architectural past of intricately decorated earthen houses and slender brick towers. The old city, with its stealthy alleys and fortress walls, is one of the most striking visions in the Arab world, a bit of fairy tale in a harsh, despotically ruled land. But once-peaceful protests against President Ali Abdullah Saleh that have escalated to street battles involving tribes, government forces and mutinous soldiers are encroaching on the historic center, settled more than 2,500 years ago and named a World Heritage Site in 1986 by the United Nations.
October 3, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
A Hollywood Hills home once owned by actress Dorothy Dandridge has sold for $2,394,000. The restored 1920s Mediterranean house includes three bedrooms, five bathrooms and 4,368 square feet of living space. There are arched doorways and windows, beamed ceilings and stained-glass windows. The master bedroom suite features a sitting area and dual bathrooms, one of which is circular. Three terraces with city views provide space for entertaining. Dandridge, who died in 1965 at 42, was nominated for an Oscar for her performance in the title role of "Carmen Jones" (1954)
August 2, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Michelle Stafford, a star of "The Young and the Restless," has listed her Los Feliz home for sale at $2,499,000. The Daytime Emmy-winning actress, who has a passion for restoring older homes, is finished with the 1933 Mediterranean revival estate and ready to move on to another project. The oversized rooms in the 4,533-square-foot house feature period details such as stained leaded-glass windows and decoratively painted ceiling beams. The entry rotunda is replicated in the lower level guest suite and leads to a terrace.
July 15, 2004 | Leslie Gornstein, Special to The Times
Inside a bland storefront on a strip of Colorado Boulevard in Eagle Rock, a real estate salesman is patiently reinventing himself as a painter of light. Carefully pressing thin strips of lead around oddly shaped chips of jewel-toned glass, Dave Van Wess of Studio City, whose business cards trumpet him as the "Stained Glass Realtor," is making a two-dimensional flower bloom on his craft table.
When Richard and Sally Cryder moved here from Arizona this year, they were aghast at what seemed like daily news reports chronicling road rage, drive-by shootings and deadly traffic accidents. To combat images of that uncaring world, people needed to practice more random acts of kindness, Cryder recalled telling his wife. So the couple started their own project to present grieving families with miniature stained-glass angels as a reminder that others wanted to help ease their pain.
August 1, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney's onetime residence in Los Feliz, the wonderful world where his daughters grew up, has come on the market at $3.65 million. The two-story French Normandy-style house, built in 1932, sits behind gates on an acre with views to downtown. Disney, not one for retaining walls or formal gardens, according to a 1940 interview in Better Homes & Gardens, often picked native plants over imports and created informal terraces using rocks to hold back soil. The property, then an acre and a half, was home to foxes, quails, possums and rabbits.
July 31, 2011 | By Alison Bell, Special to the Los Angeles Times
When you think of the Southern California's arts and crafts movement, you probably think of Pasadena, home to architects Charles and Henry Greene and tile maker Ernest Batchelder. But don't overlook the small community of Garvanza just to the southwest of Pasadena in Highland Park. This unassuming neighborhood, named for the garbanzo beans that once covered its hills, also played a vital role in the craftsman craze of the early 1900s. A group of artisans known as the Arroyo Guild plunked down their creative roots and joined together there to design and build "useful things of superlative excellence and beauty.
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