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Published on May 08, 2024

 By Vaughn Prost

 Prost Builders has been renovating and restoring historic landmark buildings for many decades and you don’t have to look very far to view examples of their work. 

The most recent historic restoration is being done at Missouri’s State Capitol, where Prost Builders has delicately removed the large barrel vault and stained glass laylight above the grand state staircase at the main entrance. The beautiful stained glass laylight was created by Harman T. Schladermundt from New York and installed in the early 1900s, but due to age the stained glass required restoration to repair missing glass pieces and other structural frame failure issues. 

Due to the delicate nature of the glass and the height of its placement at the Capitol, this project demanded incredible care with the precious glass. The historic laylight is now in the hands of expert stained-glass restorers from Los Angeles. The glass will be restored to its original intent — which means the pieces of glass that were improperly replaced throughout its 100-year lifetime will be corrected. 

An expert historian ensures the careful restoration process is correct and follows the original intent. Prost Builders will then raise the stained glass laylight up and re-install it in its original location above the formal main entry into the Capitol. 

The Prost project team consists of Jason Bias, Project Manager, and Chase Taggart, Superintendent, who will oversee the laylight installation in late 2024. 

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