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Emil Frei & Associates

Hospital Chapel Renovation in Oklahoma City, OK

Emil Frei & Associates part in the restoration of windows for St. Anthony’s Hospital Chapel renovation in Oklahoma City is recognized.  See blurb and photograph in “Saints News” at the following link.

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2013 AIA St. Louis Design Awards recognizes Emil Frei & Associates

AIA St. Louis recognizes Architect Frederick Dunn, FAIA, Artist Robert Harmon, and Emil Frei & Associates with  the Distinguished Building Award, for the Lewis & Clark Branch Library, St. Louis County Public Library.

The library and its windows are recognized as an outstanding example of modernist design.  The windows depict the famous American explorers Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, & Sacagawea, and were designed and executed by Bob Harmon and Emil Frei & Associates.


Interior view of library clerestory windows.
(Photo from article by Lindsey Derrington at

Exterior view of library clerestory windows.
(Photo from article by Lindsey Derrington at


New book SAINTS IN GLASS features Emil Frei & Associates Windows, Aaron Frei contributes

A book by J.J. Mueller, S.J. & Thomas M. Rochford, S.J.

book cover

The stained glass windows of St. Francis Xavier (College) Church narrate an extraordinary story of community created by the twelve Jesuit saints whose lives the windows celebrate. These Jesuits–professors, pastors, missionaries, writers and administrators–lived in different eras but pursued a single mission that the College Church and Saint Louis University continue.

The renovation of the church in the 90s and the subsequent cleaning of the windows revealed details in the intricate stained glass that had been obscured for decades and are still difficult to interpret without the insight into the windows that this book provides.

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“Windows of faith” article features new windows by Emil Frei & Associates in Oklahoma

By Shana Adkisson

Reprinted from August 19, 2012 in The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — When Father Thomas J. Boyer looks at the stained-glass windows recently installed at Saint Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, he admits it’s hard to look away.

Earlier last week, William Frank and Aaron Frei, associates from Emil Frei Associates of St. Louis, Mo., were at the church to install the windows.

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Mosaic Artwork for Holy Redeemer aims to evangelize, inspire

By Joseph Kenny

Katie McCullough, left, and John Wheadon from Emil Frei Stained Glass worked recently on a mosaic for Holy Redeemer Church in Webster Groves. (Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.)

Katie McCullough, left, and John Wheadon from Emil Frei Stained Glass worked recently on a mosaic for Holy Redeemer Church in Webster Groves. (Photo by Jerry Naunheim Jr.)

They really do whistle while they work at Emil Frei Stained Glass in Kirkwood.

And there’s a lot of happy chirping about one of their latest projects, an art form that is rarely seen developed nowadays — mosaics to cover a wall behind a side altar at Holy Redeemer Church in Webster Groves.

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“Vatican Splendors” at the Missouri History Museum

David Frei

David Frei

David Frei puts the finishing touches on a glass tesserae mosaic now on display at the Missouri History Museum. This piece is being displayed with the exhibit “Vatican Splendors, A Journey Through Faith and Art.” It is an example of the craft that can be seen up close.

This exhibit is being billed as a once-in-a-lifetime collection of mosaics and other artwork on loan from the Vatican. It runs through September 12, 2010.

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“Fishermens’ Church” coming back piece by piece

By Trang Pham-Bui

Saint Michael, Biloxi, MS

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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) — The famous stained-glass windows that surround St. Michael Catholic Church at Point Cadet are coming back piece by piece. To really appreciate the beauty of the windows, you have to go inside.

The windows depict colorful images of fishermen catching fish with their nets.  The company Emil Frei & Associates of St. Louis, Missouri, is rebuilding and installing the 22 lower panels that were destroyed by Katrina.

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Transparent Glory: Expert examines stained-glass windows at cathedral.

By Marvin Read

Sacred Heart Cathedral (Pueblo, CO) prior to restoration

Sacred Heart Cathedral (Pueblo, CO) prior to restoration of the windows by Emil Frei Studios

PUEBLO, CO — Ladders, binoculars, a sharp eye, a sensitive set of fingers, a genetic predisposition for his art and a near lifetime of experience:  These are among the tools that Stephen Frei, 51 brings to Pueblo’s Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and other churches across the nation.

Frei was in Pueblo-and at the cathedral- this week inspecting the several priceless and irreplaceable stained-glass windows that give the church building an important part of its immense, classical charm.

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Glass restoration kept in family

By Mark Cooper

Mary Bryan Hood, director of the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, broke the news to him gently, David Frei said Wednesday.

“It was like someone calling a mother to tell her that her child was involved in an accident,” said Frei, 39, referring to a phone call from Hood after a fire wrecked the museum in June.  “She said, ‘We’ve had a fire, but the windows are OK.’ ”

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Stained glass master lets the crystal speak.

By Patty Andrews and Mary La Costa

Ursuline prior to Emil Frei renovation

Ursuline Chapel prior to Emil Frei, Inc. restoration and preservation of the windows

In the 1920s Emil Frei ventured down the Mississippi from his studio in St. Louis to produce stained glass windows for the Ursuline Chapel in Uptown New Orleans. Now, two generations later, Stephen Frei is in town to restore his great grandfather’s work. 

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