Restoring historic windows and doors is more than just a job at Bagala Window Works. It’s how we help our customers and take care of our cultural heritage, environment and community. Our values guide our work, whether we’re tuning up one sticky old double-hung window or preserving hundreds in a national historic landmark:
QUALITY AND CRAFTSMANSHIP
Your original wood windows and doors have been gracing your historic building for decades. There aren’t many things these days that last that long. That’s a testament to the quality of the craftsmanship and materials that went into your building. At Bagala Window Works, we strive to match that quality and craftsmanship, by:
practicing traditional techniques,
using old-growth and time-tested materials,
using best practices in historic preservation,
applying proven new methods and materials to enhance the value and durability of our restorations.
We believe in being good stewards of both our cultural heritage and the environment. That means we strive to:
preserve historic buildings wherever possible,
improve the energy efficiency of historic windows and doors in ways that are sensitive to preserving historic value, and,
use environmentally safe products, methods and processes in our preservation and restoration work.
We enjoy helping our customers meet the unique needs of their buildings in ways that work for them and their budgets. Our goal is to be the best source of information, resources, and top-notch restoration services, and let our customers make up their own minds about what’s best for them and their buildings. We provide:
Complete, honest and accurate information, to help you make informed decisions about maintaining and preserving your historic homes or properties, and,
the best quality restoration products and services at the best possible prices.
MEET OUR TEAM
Owner & President
Marc started his preservation journey twenty-four years ago, learning to make windows and doors energy efficient with Accurate Metal Interlocking Weatherstrip. Expanding on this nearly-lost trade, he picked the brains of every preservationist he could find, to learn everything he could about architectural preservation and historic windows and doors. Now, Marc likes to say, “I’ve never met a window I couldn’t restore”, and he feels very fortunate that so many people over the years have allowed him to restore their original windows. Marc realizes he cannot save all the windows in the world that need saving, so now he teaches others what he knows, vicariously preserving windows through them.
When not working in the shop, he loves fishing, and learning about and trying to understand the physical world around us. He enjoys spending time with Ann and their two grown sons, and he’s planning a trans-continental rail trip in the near future.
When Kate moved to Maine in 2013, BWW was the first place she called to cultivate her growing passion for window restoration. After earning a degree in Interdisciplinary Arts from Alfred University, Kate learned the window restoration trade at a shop in Boston. She has always loved historic buildings and feels lucky to be able to help preserve them. When Kate is not at the shop she enjoys exploring the mountains of Maine, playing board games with friends, and dreaming of someday restoring a house of her own.
Selina is our most recent member of the team, joined in June 2017. Her love of preserving pieces of history is what brought her into working with BWW. Whether it's preserving memories through taking photographs, or artifacts she found at an antique store, she loves being immersed in the rich depths of the past. Selina brings her organizational and tech skills to the office- utilizing the knowledge she is gaining from being a Business Management student at the University of Southern Maine. In her free time, Selina enjoys painting, photography, baking, and playing the guitar. She hopes to travel to Europe in the next few years, own a dog, and one day open her own bakery/art studio. She now lives with her partner Adam, in Portland.
Carl has worked with us over the past 20 years while running his own business manufacturing lead bullets. In 2016, he joined the team full-time as a Project Supervisor. Carl enjoys sharing his knowledge of window restoration with customers while working on site. In his free time (when he’s not busy running CB Bullets), Carl enjoys golfing and spending time with his wife and two daughters in Gorham.
Carpenter & Project Supervisor
Barry has managed our millwork and fabrication since he joined the team in 2010. Barry worked as a building contractor for 10 years before honing his skills at a small woodworking shop specializing in architectural building components, reproduction homes, and custom furniture. He grew up in nearby Buxton and graduated from Bonny Eagle High School. Barry now lives in Gorham with his wife Christy on a gentleman’s farm, where he enjoys the life of a small farmer, caring for two horses (Stetson and Duchess), a dog (Boomer), and three cats (Rigley, Fenway and Camden). He is proud to have four grown children, all living locally, and six grandchildren.
ANTHONY CLAY STEELE
Window Technician & Safety Officer
Clay is originally from Pensacola, Florida. He relocated to Maine from Atlanta, Georgia in 2013 with his family of four. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and has spent most of his career in the corrugated paper industry as a machine operator and supervisor. When not at the shop, he enjoys spending time with his family, biking, kayaking, and hiking.
Marrion first joined the BWW team as a painter with the 2015 summer crew. After finishing her Biotechnology degree at Southern Maine Community College, she happily returned to windows in November 2016. She loves scraping paint in the containment room while catching up on podcasts. When she’s not working in the shop with glass, wood and paint, she makes art with fabric, ink, and discarded bits (some of them from old windows!). Marrion grew up with four siblings in a traditional Maine farmhouse built in the 1850’s, where there was always something in need of repair, leading to the name ‘Hole in the Bucket Farm’ after the old folk song. She now lives in South Portland with her dog and hiking buddy, Lizzi.
Steph joined us in 2016 as a skilled painter. A native Mainer, she gained much of her experience while living in Asheville, North Carolina, where she participated in a large-scale surface restoration project at the historic Biltmore estate. In her free time, Steph puts her steady hand and attention to detail to use as an artist, playing the drums and practicing oil painting. She lives in Standish with her partner, Frank, and a cat named Cat. Steph looks forward to learning more about the business of window preservation and expanding her carpentry and glazing skills.
Chris first worked with BWW in the summer of 2014 between semesters at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. After earning his degree in Marine Science with a minor in Coastal Management, Chris returned to the BWW crew in 2016. He recalls his first fall in Maine after four years away as “breathtaking.” He can often be seen on site with Project Supervisor Carl, but in addition to that, Chris says he “wants to be as good at glazing as Kyle someday!” (Meanwhile, Kyle wants to paint like Chris.) Chris lives in Freeport with his family and a cat, Nigel.
Kyle is known around the shop for his talent for glazing and his keen eye for problem solving. He joined the team in 2014 after 15 years in the machine industry and 17 years as a glazer. Kyle appreciates both the level of skill and the variety of experience that his coworkers bring to the table. He is originally from Maine and lives in Westbrook.