The architecturologists at Olde Good Things were able to carefully preserve a true landmark of history when they captured the famous stained glass window panels from JFK International Airport’s Terminal 8. The terminal, fondly known as “The Cathedral”, was demolished in 2008 to be replaced by a modern steel-and-glass structure next door. A discussion ensued over the preservation of the original stained glass window unveiled in 1960. The New York Times article can be viewed here.
The 317-foot by 23-foot translucent mosaic panel facade was designed by Robert Sowers, who is considered by some to be the most iconic stained glass artist of the Modern Age. The piece was composed of over 30,000 flash glass tiles in vibrant red, sapphire, and white. Sowers was one of the first artists to prominently feature stained glass in commercial architecture.
After searching for prospective new owners for the piece, American Airlines contracted with Olde Good Things to dismantle the panels and make them available for public resale. Other panels are housed in the Madison Museum of Fine Art, the C.R. Smith Museum in Dallas, and the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City, New York.
Terminal 8’s artistically and historically significant stained glass window panels can now be found among the other treasures of architectural salvage at Olde Good Things.
The OGT architecturologists carefully remove the glass from this iconic mosaic window.
The beginning of the extraction… and the ending…
Startling ruby red, blazing citrine orange, and deep cobalt are among the hues that grace the stained glass window. The light shining through from behind is extraordinary!
Our customers have used this exclusive reclaimed glass for a number of different applications, including privacy windows, far end and coffee table surfaces, outdoor entrance gates, or combined in order to create partition walls and room dividers.
The bold colors of many of the panels make them ideal for contemporary environments, which include homes, offices and commercial spaces. Regardless of where you choose to put them, they’ll definitely create a statement.
Of course, the ultimate positioning is an area where light can shine through, to maximize the amount of color that passes through the windows. A number of our clients have incorporated American Airlines’ stained glass indoors and outdoors.
The JFK Terminal 8 glass can be purchased from OGT as a stunning glass wall panel, as smaller panels in a beautiful custom frame, or as souvenir panels measuring 8 in. x 6.5 in., 8 in. x 8 in., 10 in. x 10 in., or 12 in. x 12 in.. The panels pictured below are samples of the glass and may or may not be still available. Please inquire and if they are not available we will try and find you something in a similar color scheme. Each panel has some form of damage. We can repair the damages in our warehouse glass shop. Call 888 233 9678 for more details.
This picture depicts the entire window and which stained glass panels are still available for resale. All the panels marked with an “x” have already been sold.