Sealy Memorial Window

Trinity Episcopal Church
Galveston, Texas

Client: Trinity Episcopal Church

Scope of Services: Design of Hurricane-Proof Storm Window

Hurricane Ike caused extensive damage to Galveston Island when it came ashore in September 2008. The stained glass window above the main altar, the Sealy Memorial Window, one of the largest created by Tiffany Studios measuring approximately 26 feet by 14 feet, was partially blown out. After the storm, JKOA removed the Sealy Window for conservation and designed a storm window for the large opening capable of withstanding hurricane winds.

Prototypes of the stainless steel and laminated glass storm window, engineered by Sparks Engineering of Austin, Texas, were tested in the field to achieve minimal shadow. Screened stainless steel ducts were custom designed and fitted to ventilate the air space between storm window and memorial window. The masonry opening was reinforced to support the additional loads, and the repaired Sealy Window was reinstalled.