Sacred Sites Open House

2017 Sacred Sites Open House


Eldridge Street Synagogue: Photo courtesy of EverGreene Architectural Arts (Kiki Smith - Deborah Gans stained-glass window)

“Stained Glass: Windows on this World and the Next”

May 20 and 21, 2017

On May 20th and 21st, congregations all over New York State enthusiastically opened their doors for the Landmarks Conservancy’s seventh annual Sacred Sites Open House, our largest to date.

We’re delighted that 170+ churches, synagogues, temples, and meeting houses opened their doors so that visitors could explore their wonderful stained glass and also learn about the important cultural and social programs these institutions provide.

In addition to tours, many congregations added special touches including food and beverages, lectures on historic stained glass, organ demonstrations, and more.

We thank all of the volunteers, our sponsors, and you for making this event such a success.

We started Open House “season” with a lecture, tour, and reception at Temple Emanu-El in March, have a look at photos from the event here; a conservator-led tour of the stained glass conservation studio at The Metropolitan Museum of Art for the Conservancy’s Professional Circle members in May; a special stained glass-themed digital edition of Common Bond; and the annual Sacred Sites Open House photo contest! Special, pre-booked tours featuring magnificent stained glass and mosaics will be offered throughout New York City, including conservator-led tours of recently restored windows at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and a curator led tour of Tiffany glass at Woodlawn Cemetery. Sacred Sites from Manhattan to Albany, Utica, and Buffalo will offer tours of stained glass windows designed by British Pre-Raphaelite Henry Holiday.
Fortuitously, the Corning Museum of Glass, a co-sponsor of this year’s Open House, is opening the first major exhibition dedicated to Tiffany’s glass mosaics on May 20th. The Corning exhibit includes beautiful, interactive digital photographs of mosaics located in churches, chapels, cemeteries and museums around the state. These mosaics can be viewed in situ around the state from Bath to Binghamton and from Troy to the Bronx.

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