Take a self-guided stained glass tour
08:03 AM, Aug 24, 2013
Nancy Gong and Valerie O’Hara created a self-guided tour of Rochester’s stained glass treasures for their fellow glass artists.
However, anyone can learn a great deal of history by taking it. If you would like more information about the tour, email Gong of Gong Glass Works at email@example.com.
A word of caution: Unless you plan to admire a church’s stained glass windows during Sunday services, be sure to call the church office in advance to make arrangements for admission. Also be respectful of the few private residences on the tour and be mindful of their privacy by staying on the sidewalk.
For those who would rather have the glass come to them, Valerie O’Hara of Pike gives presentations to groups on the art, craft and history of stained glass. Call Pike Stained Glass Studios at (585) 546-7570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. On or near East Avenue
1. Eastman School of Music’s Wolk Atrium, East Main Street, (585) 274-1110 for access hours. Venetian-style chandelier, blown glass, by Dale Chihuly 2010.
2. Christ Episcopal Church, 141 East Ave., (585) 454-3878. Chancel, north transept, and choir loft windows by Tiffany Studios, 1890s. Side chapel attributed to Henry Sharp, north nave by Rambusch Studios, narthex and vestry by Pike Studios.
3. LiDestri residence, 234 East Ave. 25-foot wall of etched, chipped and cold painted glass depicting Letchworth State Park as a privacy screen between the residence and the urban street life, by Nancy Gong, Gong Glass Works.
4. Rochester Area Community Foundation, 500 East Ave. Outdoor sign by Gong.
5. Third Presbyterian Church, 4 Meigs St., (585) 271-6513. Call for a docent-led tour. One chancel and four nave windows by Willett Studios in 1951, 1961, 1965; six east transept, two west transept windows by Pike Studios, 1921, 1934, 1945, 1966; three nave windows, 26 clerestory windows and east choir loft by Tiffany Studios, 1910-1915; one window by Charles Allen; one window by D. Maitland Armstrong; west choir loft by Tiffany, 1893; south entry skylight and columbarium by Pike Studios, 1965 and 1976. This church has three generations of windows made by Pike Stained Glass Studios.
6. Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word, 597 East Ave., (585) 271-4320. Windows by Willett Studios.
7. Strasenburgh Planetarium, Rochester Museum & Science Center, 657 East Ave., (585) 697-1941. Leaded glass in lobby by Peter McGrain.
8. Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation, 962 East Ave., (585) 244-3377. Work by Pike Studios, 2003.
9. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 25 Westminster Road, (585) 271-2240. Work moved from old church building attributed to Henry Sharp; east and west transepts and chantry by Tiffany Studios, 1897; 12 windows in the east and west naves by Connick Studios.
10. Bus shelter, part of ArtWalk outdoor museum, 1000 University Ave. By Gong.
11. Asbury First United Methodist Church, 1050 East Ave., (585) 271-1050. Sanctuary windows by Willett Studios, office windows by Tiffany Studios, entrance window by Pike Studios, 2006.
12. Frank Lloyd Wright’s E.E. Boynton House (private residence), 16 East Blvd.