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Glass Front Door of Kom Tong Hall Being Reinstated

 

The stained glass on the front door was shattered during the Japanese occupation, and the original door was subsequently replaced by timber panels. With the joint effort of the Dr Sun Yat-sen Museum, the Architectural Services Department and the Antiquities and Monuments Office, a specialist contractor was assigned to reproduce the historic stained caming glass panel door with reference to other stained glasses in the mansion and old photo of the front door of Kom Tong Hall.

The production of stained glass was complicated. A full sheet drawing should be prepared first and then the required pieces of stained glass could be cut for framing. Lead caming was used and the glass pieces could be inserted in the lead strips. The completed caming glass panel was sealed up by vacuumed double glazed tempered glass to prevent condensation and the ingress of wind-driven rainwater. Once the glass was finished in Indonesia and delivered to the Museum, the timber door panels were replaced with the glass panels. The front door of Kom Tong Hall was finally renovated.

 

 

 
The front door before restoration
The front door before restoration
Glass cutter using a tool to incise the glass
Glass cutter using a tool to incise the glass

                                                         

                                   

The front door after renovation
The front door after renovation