Sunday, January 18, 2009

Glass and Shells

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Have you ever seen a stained glass window designed with glass and shells like this one?

It's Sunday but this was not found inside a church. This window is located to the right of the doorway of Thursday's "Old House." I have walked by and admired this 1880 Queen Anne set high on sloping land near the golf course on Wollaston Hill. I've wondered what the window to the right of the doorway looked like from the inside. I got my answer the other day when the owner came outside in the cold to find out why I was photographing his house, and invited me inside.

Jack told me that he and his wife, Elinor, purchased Boston/Quincy architect, William Chapman's homestead from Chapman's daughter. Chapman's daughter told them that her father created this window and left a box of leftover glass and shells in the cellar in case repairs were needed. Jack said that he has made good use of those leftover pieces because everyone who sees this unusual window has to touch it or poke at it . . . especially the grandchildren.

I am grateful to Jack and Elinor for graciously inviting me into their home to view, photograph, and share these beautiful stained glass windows that they have lovingly maintained over the years.

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4 comments:

MaCoBra said...

wow, creative idea, indeed why use only glass?

Chuck Pefley said...

Wow! This is such a unique and absolutely priceless treasure. What a wonderful creation to leave behind for others to enjoy ... and the forethought of including a repair kit. Thanks for sharing this beauty!!

Lehmi said...

A great window and a great Photo :-)

The Lone Beader said...

Wow, that's really pretty! :D