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Detail from Baptism Window

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.

Detail from St. John the Baptist Window

Detail from St. John the Baptist Window

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.

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Wilbur Herbert Burnham designing a stained glass window, ca. 1940 / Paul Davis, photographer. Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991. Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.

Burnham is one of two stained glass designers highlighted in the church’s guidebook.  He designed several windows for the church.

Detail from St. Anne Window designed by Burnham

Detail from St. Anne Window designed by Burnham

Detail from St. Anne

Detail from St. Anne Window

In the 1930s, two windows were added from the Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Studios, most noted of which may the High Altar Window.

Detail from High Altar Window, by Connick Studios

Detail from High Altar Window, by Connick Studios

High Altar Window by Connick Studios

High Altar Window

Detail from High Altar Window

Detail from High Altar Window

Detail from High Altar

Detail from High Altar

The current guide book is being revised to include the names of all the designers.

Detail from St. John Window

Detail from St. John Window

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.

Detail from St. George 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/

Detail from Nativity Window

Detail from Nativity Window

Sources/Additional Reading

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.

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