The Splendor of the Sacred
A Stained Glass Tour of Historic Churches in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square

Note: Reservations are required and must be made through The Foundation for Sacred Arts.

See below for RSVP information.

Saturday October 17, 2009 from 8:30AM-2:30PM

Sponsored by The International Institute for Culture, The Foundation for Sacred Arts, Beyer Studio Inc. & The Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute.

Stunning sacred spaces will open their splendors in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square for this unique tour to study the cultural heritage of 19th & early 20th Century stained glass. Join Philadelphia Stained Glass expert Joe Beyer, to learn about this remarkable tradition in Philadelphia’s largest Victorian neighborhood. Marvel at the work of great architects such as John Notman and Frank Furness and artists from England, Germany, France and America such as Louis Tiffany, Henry Holiday and Franz Meyer & Co. Featuring a luncheon in the gilded age Ballroom of the Stotesbury Mansion, the headquarters of the Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute. Information on the history and architecture of the Square will be provided by Michael Wallacavage.

Schedule:

8:00-8:30AM — Registration with coffee & pastries at CPLI Headquarter’s The Stotesbury Mansion at 1923 Walnut Street.

8:30-9:00 AM — Introductions.

9:15-9:45 AM — St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 242 S 20th Street.

10:00-10:45 AM — First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia at 2125 Chestnut Street.

11:00-11:45 AM — Saint Mark's Church at 1625 Locust Street.

12:00-1:00 PM — Lunch in the Ballroom of The Stotesbury Mansion.

1:30-2:15 PM — Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 1904 Walnut Street.

Locations:

CPLI Headquarter’s The Stotesbury Mansion at 1923 Walnut Street
Architect: Wilson Eyre, Jr. (1870)

St. Patrick’s Catholic Church at 242 S 20th Street
Architect: Henry A. McGrath (1889-1957) in Classical Roman Style
Stained Glass: American (Nicola D'Ascenzo Studios in Philadelphia)

First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia at 2125 Chestnut Street
Architect: Frank Furness (1885-86)
Stained Glass: American (John LaFarge, Tiffany Studios), English (Henry Holiday)

Saint Mark's Church at 1625 Locust Street
Architect: John Notman (1847-52) in Gothic Revival Style with Lady Chapel by Cope & Stewardson (1900-02)
Stained Glass: German (Meyer & Co of London and Munich), English (Lavers, Barraud and Westlake of London) & Switzerland (anonymous from 1592)

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church at 1904 Walnut Street
Architect: John Notman (1856-59) in Romanesque Revival Style with tower by John Fraser (1868)
Stained Glass: English (Henry Holiday, Clayton and Bell, Heaton, Butler & Bayne), French (Luc Olivier Merson), German (Franz Meyer & Co.), American (Tiffany Studios, W.J. McPherson Co.)

About the Sponsors:
Foundation for Sacred Arts–www.thesacredarts.org
International Institute for Culture–www.iiculture.org
Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute–www.thephilo.org

About Guides:
Joseph K. Beyer founded Beyer Studio in Philadelphia to specialize in the design & fabrication of architectural stained glass & historic restoration – www.beyerstudio.com

Michael Wallacavage is a real estate professional with Keller Williams and is active in architectural and preservation minded organizations – www.mikewalla.com

Cost: $35 per person, includes lunch. Limited to 40, RSVP to The Foundation for Sacred Arts by October 10th.

Reservations can be made by contacting Matthew Bruton at
The Foundation for Sacred Arts at 1413 K Street NW, Suite 1000 Washington, DC 20005
phone (202) 898-1288
assistant@thesacredarts.org

For additional information contact The Foundation for Sacred Arts or
Michael Wallacavage at (484) 947-4975.

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