Stained glass conservators were able to re-create the missing panel and center medallion, restoring the skylight to its appearance when the courthouse was completed in 1912.

The stained glass crew from Conrad Schmitt Studios, the firm subcontracted to restore the artwork and stained glass in the courthouse dome, was at the Sully County Courthouse Tuesday to reinstall the stained glass in its original home.

Tethered to the catwalk above, the Conrad Schmitt team set the stained glass panels into the sash. With the return of the glass panes to the skylight, only installation of the fixtures meant to light the glass from behind remains of the courthouse dome restoration project.

Restoration of the skylight began in January. The stained glass panels were removed from the sash, documented, cleaned, and the original leading removed. Conservators then repaired elements they could, replaced what couldn’t be repaired, and re-created the center medallion which depicts the South Dakota State Seal.