There are thirteen stained glass windows inside St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Central Square, Cambridge, MA. And I had the wonderful opportunity to stand before them all thanks to the kind gentleman, Rector Brocato, who let me through the door.
He took me on a brief and informative tour of his church and provided me with detailed literature. The parish was founded in 1842. The current building was constructed in 1867. The first stained glass window was added in 1917, designed by Wilbur Herbert Burnham.
Burnham is one of two stained glass designers highlighted in the church’s guidebook. He designed several windows for the church.
In the 1930s, two windows were added from the Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Studios, most noted of which may the High Altar Window.
The current guide book is being revised to include the names of all the designers.
Even so, the current guide book provides a wonderful historical summary of the of the parish and detailed description of the biblical and secular symbolism in each window.
You can find out more about this welcoming place, from services and tours to community outreach, via the church website: http://www.saintpeterscambridge.org/
Learn more about Wilbur Herbert Burnham in the Archives of American Art via this link.
Learn more about Charles J. Connick in the Archives of American Art via this link.
The Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation is also a wonderful resource.