Project: San Francisco Columbarium Rotunda Dome Skylight
A Columbarium is a repository for cremated remains. The San Francisco Columbarium was built in the 1890’s and is magnificent, well worth a visit.
The Rotunda Dome is a stunningly gorgeous stained glass skylight sitting about 65 feet up. Our project was to lower every piece, repair the glass and lead as needed, clean them and put them back in place.
The biggest challenge would be how to get up to the skylight, there was no access from inside or outside. The only solution was to find a power lift that had the capacity to carry two men 65 ft up. The additional challenge was that it must have a base small enough to fit in the available floor area and had to be electric… oh, and it had to fit through the doors of the building.
Because of the age of the glass, it was also imperative that we not transport any that we absolutely did not have to transport. So, we set up our repair, restoration and cleaning tables, equipment and crew, on-site, directly below the skylight. We were able to accomplish this without hindering public access.
The project was a fun one in many ways. The glass of the skylight and the original workmanship were both of the highest quality. Honestly, we felt honored and privileged to work with it. Somehow we managed to get every piece down and back up again without doing any damage, ha, ha.
The entire project was a huge success, the client was completely happy and satisfied with the results… and so were we.
I've included several pictures of the project.