Leftover glass shards from SD Capitol restoration project form window for governor's residence

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In this photo taken on Nov. 3, 2014, Mike Mueller, special projects coordinator for the state Bureau of Administration, points out features of the new window made of stained glass remnants dating to 1909 originally set in the Capitol in Pierre, S.D. The window is a gift from Conrad Schmitt Studios in Wisconsin for the state’s Governor’s Residence to mark the Studio’s work restoring the Capitol’s treasure of stained glass windows at the state’s 125th anniversary. (AP Photo/Capital Journal, Stephen Lee)


PIERRE, South Dakota — Scraps of century-old stained glass form the South Dakota Capitol aren't going to waste.

Glass shards left over after a recently completed $3 million renovation project were made into a single window that will be put in the governor's residence, the Capitol Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1tf4rC1 ).

The stained glass was installed in the Capitol in 1909. About 4,400 square feet of glass in the Capitol dome, the barrel vault above the grand staircase, and above the House and Senate chambers was removed earlier this year and sent to Conrad Schmitt Studios in Wisconsin to be cleaned and refurbished. The reinstallation of the glass wrapped up in September, concluding a project in which artists and craftsmen invested about 35,000 hours.

Mike Mueller, special projects coordinator for the state Bureau of Administration, came up with the idea to use leftover glass pieces in a window for the governor's residence to add some history to the home, which was built only about a decade ago.

State history and symbols are worked into the window. They include a rose quartz stone, which is the state mineral; a Fairburn agate, the state gemstone; an image of a honeybee, the state insect; an image of a pasque flower, the state flower; and the state seal.

Another image is 32 leaves in a wreath of colored glass — indicating that Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who was re-elected Tuesday, is the state's 32nd governor, Mueller said.

The window is on temporary display in the governor's office in the Capitol and the public is welcome to come and see it, Mueller said. It will be installed in the governor's residence sometime after Christmas, on the second floor where it will add color to the sunlight thrown on a chandelier, he said.


Information from: Pierre Capital Journal, http://www.capjournal.com

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