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

You are invited to our Kick Off Event, March 21st, 6-7:30pm at Manhattan’s Temple Emanu-El, 1 East 65th Street at Fifth Avenue. Please RSVP here.

Tours of stained glass in the sanctuary will be led by Arthur Femenella, Femenella & Associates, who headed their restoration. Peter A. Rohlf, Rohlf’s Stained and Leaded Glass Studio, will lead a tour of Greenwald Hall, a chapel featuring handsome landscape windows, including two by the Tiffany Studios, which were relocated from a former funeral chapel at Temple Emanu-El’s Salem Fields Cemetery in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn.

Temple Emanu-El was the first Reform Jewish congregation in New York City and, because of its size and prominence, has served as a flagship congregation in the Reform branch of Judaism since its founding in 1845.

Its landmark Romanesque Revival building on Fifth Avenue is widely admired as the largest, and one of the most beautiful synagogues in the world.

Temple Emanu-El was designed and built by the era’s leading craftspeople—specialists in the implementation of mosaics, marbles, tiles, stained glass, metalwork, and woodwork—who used the finest materials from around the world. The architectural firm of Kohn, Butler & Stein—headed by Robert D. Kohn, Charles Butler and Clarence Stein—led the team that also included the firms of Goodhue Associates and Mayers, Murray & Phillip as consultants.

The Conservancy was pleased to bestow its highest preservation honor, a Lucy Moses Award, to Temple Emanu-El for its restoration project completed in 2006.

Join us for the Conservancy’s 7th Annual Sacred Sites Open House featuring hundreds of historic houses of worship across New York State. This year’s theme, Stained Glass: Windows on this World and the Next will highlight works of American stained glass masters including John LaFarge, Henry Sharp, and Louis Comfort Tiffany, as well as prominent European artists and studios.

Additional events include a lecture, tour, and reception at Temple Emanu-El in March; 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 via special Sacred Sites Open House tours: from Bath to Binghamton and from Troy to the Bronx.

Check back here in early spring 2017 for more details as the Open House approaches. If you are not already on the Conservancy’s email list, be sure to drop us a line at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to ensure you receive email updates about the Open House.

Early registration for participation in the Open House has begun. Click here to register your site today. Please register by March 20, 2017 to ensure inclusion in our press releases, and April 17, 2017 for inclusion in the website guide.