QUINCY -- Ron Weaver claims the best view of the refurbished stained glass panels at Quincy Junior High School isn't from 14th Street.
"Stained glass is made to look at from the inside," Weaver said. "People have to make a special trip to come and look at the inside."
The three panels, reinstalled Wednesday above the school's main entrance, sparkle after restoration work done by Jacksonville Stained Glass.
"Everything's back to the way it was originally but even a little better," said Weaver, a co-owner of the glass company.
Crews removed the panels June 1, taking them to Jacksonville for the restoration that involved creating a template for each panel before taking it apart, washing each piece of glass by hand, replacing any broken pieces and putting them back together in the original frames, which had been stripped, sanded and refinished.
A concern was that the panels had bowed, but Weaver said the restoration process revealed the reason why.
The panels used small pieces of hollow heart lead, which has internal rebar for support, instead of one long length. "There was no structural support to speak of other than just the lead, and that is not enough to ?support it," Weaver said.
The refurbished panels use a combination of hollow heart lead and external rebar for support. "It's got like a double-strength structural enhancement to it," Weaver said.
What's called protective glazing -- ¼-inch tempered glass fit into an aluminum frame -- also was added to the exterior of the panels.
"It covers everything -- the stained glass, the wood -- from the elements, vandalism, flying rocks, debris. At the same time, it's not detrimental to the stained glass. We're circulating air through the space all the time," Weaver said.
"They are going to last," Weaver said. "With the way we've got this supported with the protective glazing on the outside, we're 150 years before anybody has got to look at these."