Key to Windows Appearing in Dubuque's Stained Glass Print

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o those of you who are proud owners of Dubuque's Stained Glass print, here is the key to the individual windows that appear in the print. This key also describes some of the silhouetted buildings used in the background image. Windows were selected because they are good representatives of specific design styles (Art Nouveau, Modern, Art Deco, German, French, etc.), and for the often interesting history behind some of them.

The original graphic with the numbers on it is apparently missing, but I've put a version without the numbers on it while I continue to search for it. To help you, the red, white and blue round window on the left is #1. The over-the-window fan window in the middle (above the angel window) is #2. So work from left to right. and you'll figure it out.

1. This round window can be found in Mercy Hospital's chapel. Possibly English origin.

2. The over-the-door fan window in the Rectory of St. Raphael's Cathedral. Origin possibly Dubuque Art Glass Company.

3. This huge round window is found in the chapel behind St. Raphael's Cathedral. Possibly English origin.

4. This small window depicting the holy grail is found behind the alter at St. Patrick's Church. Like many interesting and beautiful windows, this one is somewhat protected from public view. German origin, turn of the 19th Century. The Cup of Christ as well as the Sacred Heart, and the Lamb of God were popular symbols depicted on smaller accent windows throughout churches. Many were derived from stencils stained glass artisans kept for just such applications. It's not uncommon to see identical images in more than one church.

5. The spectacular Angel Among The Lillies Window of St. Luke's United Methodist Church, one of the finest examples of the Art Nouveau style of Louis Comfort Tiffany, New York City. The face of the angel was probably rendered from a photograph of a family member for whom the window was dedicated, a common practice among families who donated windows.

6. Window of unknown origin at Grandview United Methodist Church. It may be a window from a church building that pre-dates the present building on Grandview Avenue.

7. One of two identical tall rectangular Victorian style windows in the doors of a townhouse on Bluff Street. Probably crafted locally. Residing in the townhouse is Bryce Parks, one of the collaborating artists on Dubuque's Stained Glass Project.

8. A wide rectangular Victorian style window in the home of Deb and Bill Pauly of Dubuque. Probably crafted locally.

9. One of the modern windows in Resurrection Church on Asbury road depicts a lamb and the holy sacrament of the host.

10. French dalle glass (thick block-like glass) window, St. Joseph the Worker Church

11. The famous Calista Wales window, First Congregational Church,showing a young woman holding aloft a feather, is not only one of Dubuque's most ornate windows, and it was crafted by the Dubuque Art Glass Company. Late 19th Century. From what we were able to gather, Calista Wales was the daughter of a Dubuque hotelier, and the window was commissioned in her name. Legend has it that the face in the figure is Calista's, copied from a photograph.

12. One of five Tiffany windows in St. John's Episcopal Church. It depicts the archangel Michael. The St. John's windows are smaller and less complex, but no less beautiful than the St. Luke's collection.

13. The French artist, Gabriel Loire, designed this magnificent stained glass (The Windows of the Redemption) for Nativity Church. It is thick dalle glass in a tracery of concrete. The "Chartres Blue" glass has its origins in the same region of France that produced the Chartes Cathedral windows which are famous around the world. Installed 1966.

14. A close-up detail of one of St. Luke's Tiffany windows. It depicts small red flowers with yellow centers. Tiffany used very little paint-fired glass in his designs preferring to use naturally occurring colors in glass to assemble his compositions. The windows at St. Luke's are multi-layered giving the images an almost 3-dimensional appearance. Each detailed piece in this window, for example, is clad in copper rather than lead, and assembled using a continuous bead of solder. This technique allows smaller details to be included in the window like these small flowers.

15. A small window in an entrance way at St. John's Episcopal Church. Like other windows in this composition, it depicts the biblical symbol of the lamb. Origin unknown.

16. St. Mary's Church not only features the tallest spire in the city, but some of the most magnificent examples of German Bavarian glass. The main windows in the church depict the Mysteries of the Rosary, events from the life of Mary, mother of Jesus. The windows, destined for America, almost didn't make it out of Bavaria due to the outbreak of World War I in 1914.

17. A small but no less significant window in St. Anthony's Church. It may be a window from an earlier church building. Origin of the window that depicts the Sacred Heart of Jesus is unknown.

18. In 1946, Christ The King Chapel was dedicated to the fallen soldiers of World War II, in particular, Aloysius Schmitt, the heroic Dubuque priest who went down with his fellow seaman on a stricken battleship in Pearl Harbor five years prior. The windows are perfect examples of Art Deco style, characterized by somewhat severe, angular lines combined with decorative natural design details.

19. A detail of the French dalle glass windows in a chapel at Mount Carmel Mother House.

The following silhouettes in the background depict the following Dubuque landmarks, many of which contain the stained glass windows in the composition. From left to right:

20. St. Raphael's Church

21. St. John's Episcopal

22. St. Mary's Church

23. The Redstone (Cooper) Mansion

24. The Ryan Houses

25. St. Patrick's Church

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