The English language-word window originates from the Old Norse ‘vindauga’, from ‘vindr – wind’ and ‘auga – eye’, i.e., wind eye. In Norwegian Nynorsk and Icelandic the Old Norse form has survived to this day (in Icelandic only as a less used word for a type of small open “window”, not strictly a synonym for gluggi, the Icelandic word for window), in Swedish the word vindöga remains as a term for a hole through the roof of a hut, and in the Danish language ‘vindue’ and Norwegian Bokmål ‘vindu’, the direct link to ‘eye’ is lost, just like for ‘window’. The Danish (but not the Bokmål) word is pronounced fairly similarly to window.
Stained-glass windows were an important feature of churches built in the Gothic style, which first arose in the mid-1100’s.
At the dedication of the windows, Dr. Henry Willet, president of Willet Stained Glass Studios, is quoted as saying: We hope and pray that these stained glass windows will inspire not only this congregation, but countless others to follow, that they may worship the Almighty joyously.” John of Damascus, back in the 10th century, described this feeling best when he said: ‘I enter the church choked with the cares of the world. The Willet Studios also built the stained glass windows found in the National Cathedral, Washington, DC; The Church Center, United Nations, NY; Princeton University Chapel and the Chapel at West Point Military Academy. The majority of the windows, commissioned in the late 1940s and early 1950s as the main floor of the building was being planned and constructed, were created by Charles J. Connick Associates, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts, and by Jacoby Art Glass Company, Saint Louis, Missouri.
The three oldest windows in the building, dating to 1924 and originally installed in the Browning Room of Carroll Library, were designed by Haskins Glass Studio, Rochester, New York. Three striking cathedral windows in the McLean Foyer of Meditation, very different from the pictorial style throughout the rest of the building, transmit a feeling of sunrise or sunset as the shades of glass vary from deep amber to pale lavender. Remarkably, every church that contains Mayer or Zettler stained glass was a mixed ethnic congregation thereby resulting in a rich variety of saint windows.
On the ground floor these bespoke windows were detailed with specialist stainless steel finish angles to match the windows of the building adjacent to it. The finished Picture Windows looks as if it is ‘popping’ out of the building slightly for a dynamic architectural glazing design. Again, as no pre made frames are used, the glass specifications available for these structural glass windows are nearly endless with options including triple glazing, solar control coatings, low iron glass and acoustic reduction glass as well as our host of more technical and electrical glass solutions. Each installation of our ‘Picture Windows’ are completely designed with bespoke details by IQ’s in house design team to ensure the frameless window is purpose built to suit your building construction and architectural design.
He created his design in block colours, inspired by the simplicity of French artist Henri Matisse’s windows, which use traditional techniques of glass and lead without the use of glass paint, enamels, acid etching or plating. Chartres Cathedral is home to the largest collection of preserved medieval stained-glass windows in the world. The stained-glass windows of Chartres Cathedral.