Nick was 8 when his father died.
His mum moved the boy from his home by the ocean - in County Cork, Ireland - to the American Midwest: Cincinnati. Yet the sounds and smell of the sea always meant “home” to him.
He found work with an architect in Cincinnati, and soon found his calling: he wanted to design beautiful buildings. After 5 years, he jumped at the chance to supervise a project in Galveston, Texas. He would be close to the ocean once more.
As supervising architect for Galveston’s First Presbyterian Church, Nick expected “near perfection” from those who brought his creation to life. His meticulous attention to detail paid off.
For the next 25 years, Nick designed, built, added to, or remodeled churches, homes and public buildings all over Texas and the South. By the time of his death in 1916, Nicholas Clayton was the man most responsible for Galveston’s distinctive architecture.
First Presbyterian Church was completed in 1888. A century later, 100 years of hurricane damage threatened the church’s stained-glass windows iconic façade. Those windows were the work of none other than Louis Comfort Tiffany.
Only one Studio was trusted to restore the work of Clayton and Tiffany to its original glory: Stanton Studios.
Bryant Stanton grew up close to the water, too. As a boy, he worked the cranberry bogs in Massachusetts and always thought he’d be a farmer. But at 17, the family moved cross country to Andrews, Texas. Stanton fell in love with the wide-open spaces, the pace of life and the stubborn, determined independence of Texas people. Without quite meaning to, he became a Texan to his core.
Like Clayton, Stanton is an artist with a vision. He started Stanton Studios in 1979 to bring his stained glass creations to life. He soon developed a reputation around the state for his brilliant designs and meticulous restorations.
When softball-sized hail tore through the priceless stained-glass windows at Baylor’s Armstrong-Browning Library, the trustees called Stanton Studios. When the University of Texas wanted to restore Charles J. Connick windows in the President’s Suite, Stanton was the choice again. And when new owners restored Austin’s historic Driskill Hotel, they commissioned Stanton Studios to design the new iconic stained-glass dome in the lobby.
It was destiny that glass craftsmen Stanton should be united through time with architectural master Clayton. Stanton Studios has been trusted with glass-restorations in Clayton-designed buildings around the state: in Galveston, in Dallas and most recently in Dennison.
For meticulous, heirloom quality craftsmanship and stained-glass restoration, there is only one choice in Texas: Stanton Studios.