230 Princess Street

Kevin Carpenter, friend and former client (see Diamond Bevel Window Transom), owns a stately Queen Anne revival house at 230 Princess Street in Saint John. The double door entrance is crowned with decorative masonry and a full-width arched window where Kevin envisioned the house numbers as a Christmas surprise for his partner, Karla.

Kevin and I corresponded in stealth mode via email with an onsite visit for measuring, and created a design that compliments the facade. In addition to the house numbers, Kevin’s special design requests (as before) were to use the colors green & purple and the inclusion of his and Karla’s initials (K & K) somewhere in the design. To achieve that, I created a small 3″ medallion at the bottom with two facing ks. Symbolic of how partners face each other in life, it looks the same from inside or outside… so there’s no “one way only”, again symbolic of relationships and life in general.

Taking about 60 hours in the studio, it was finished two full weeks before Christmas. Then I waited. A secret installation was planned for Dec. 28th when Karla and Kevin would be away on a Christmas holiday. Monica was my assistant and worked by my side every step of the way until we finally stood back and looked up at it from the street. With great relief, we saw no cracks, there were smiles. 😊 Looks really nice, I think. 😏

Thank you, Kevin, for bringing this challenge and the pursuant glass adventure to Nellyglass Studio. I enjoyed the journey completely. Merry Christmas Karla and Kevin, 2019.

Here is a photo gallery of the project from start to finish.