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Artist: David Wilson - St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Hartland, Michigan

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Building

Kanley Chapel
university chapel
unknown
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008
Kalamazoo County
Web Address: http://www.wmich.edu/activities/kanley/

About

Date Built: 1953

Floor Plan Sketch: Download


Building Notes: Kanley Memorial Chapel was a gift to Western Michigan University by one whose affection for it had spanned many years of experience and memory...William Kanley. Designed by Ralph Calder and patterned after the early Christian churches, it is constructed of Italian marble with no ornamentation except the five Greek crosses representing the wounds of Christ. During the construction of the building it was evident that though design and desire called for stained glass windows, lack of resources would preclude them from becoming an immediate reality. Thus, to insure that stained glass windows would be produced, Lydia Siedschlag came up with the idea to have students design the windows. After convincing Dr. Henry Lee Willet, of the Henry Lee Willet Stained Glass Studio in Philadelphia, that the students could indeed design the windows themselves, the planning process began. In early 1951 Dr. Willet traveled to Kalamazoo in order to discuss the planning and manufacturing of the Stained Glass Windows with Hazel Paden's art students. Under Miss Paden's counsel and leadership, students of Western Michigan University prepared, in actual size and color, the designs for each window in the chapel. Over, approximately, the next ten years students in Hazel Paden's classes would work on cartoons that may have become windows. Many of these original cartoons still exist, framed around campus or in one of two portfolios. The cartoons that were made into windows were chosen by those who were dedicating them. The project turned out to be one of the most interesting in the country, "distinctly Western." Kanley Chapel is the nation's only such student-created ensemble of stained glass windows. There are only five windows in the Chapel that were not designed by students. These were designed by the architect, Ralph Calder, and are located behind the altar. The windows were completed in memory and honor of individuals whose lives have been touched in various ways by Western Michigan University.

Kanley Chapel
MSGC: 1997.0017



Studio Name
Willet Stained Glass Studio

Windows
O ye spirits and souls
Praise ye the Lord, o ye sun and moon
Praise Him day and night
Sing unto the Lord a new song
Ye light and darkness
All ye servants of the Lord
Sing unto the Lord a new song
We hope that thy spirit
Let your life lightly dance
There must have been an all-wise creator of God.v
O ye nights and days
They shall not grow old
Follow Me and I will make you become fishers of men
For unto us a child is born
It is a good thing to give thanks
O sing to the Lord a new song
Praise ye the Lord
Altar window - Cross
Altar Window - Cross and Crown
Altar Window - OIKU MENE
Altar Window - Menorah and Candle
Altar Window - Triangle and Candles
All the hills and mountains on earth
Praise Him sun and moon
All the hills and mountains
O ye spirits and souls
O ye priests of the Lord
Blessed be the name of the Lord
Sing unto the Lord a new song
O sing unto the Lord a new song
O sing unto the Lord a new song
O ye fowls of the air
I will lift mine eyes unto the hills
O sing unto the Lord a new song
Praise the Lord, o ye mountains and hills
O ye frost and cold
Ye light and darkness
Praise Him in the sound of the trumpet
Let the heavens rejoice
O ye nights and days
O all ye fowls of the air
From the rising of the sun
O ye sun and moon
Praise him all ye angels
O all ye fowls of the air
Kings of the earth, and all peoples
O sing unto the Lord a new song
Sing unto the Lord a new song
Sing unto the Lord a new song
O all ye fowls of the air
O ye holy and humble men of heart.
Praise Him in the sound of trumpets
Praise ye the Lord
O ye nights and days
O ye priests of the Lord
O ye seas and floods
O ye sun and moon
Praise Him, all ye angels
O ye servants of the Lord
O ye winter and summer
Praise Him, sun and moon
O ye frost and cold
O all ye green things upon the earth
O ye children of men
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
Let them praise the name of the Lord
Praise Him, sun and moon
O sing unto the Lord a new song
O all ye green things upon the earth
O ye mountains and hills
Lord, praise ye
All creatures
O sing unto the Lord a new song