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Building Name: Historic Trinity Lutheran Church

Studio Name: Willet Hauser Architectural Glass

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 6 (gothic arched, over 2 vertical sections)

Date of Window: 1930

Subject/Title of Window: Nehemiah, Daniel, and Jonah

Brief Description of Subject: From, "An Interpretation of the Stained Glass Windows in Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit, Michigan. By their maker: Henry Lee Willet."

Clerestory No.3  Nehemiah, Daniel, and Jonah.

Nehemiah holds in his hand the builder's square. In the predella is shown Nehemiah in the act of rebuilding the wall of Jerusalem, having obtained permission from King Cyrus, which scene is shown in the canopy. The shield shows Cyrus' decree signed with the royal signet.

Daniel is shown dressed as a Babylonian prince; in his hands he holds the cup symbolic of the fact that he was cup bearer to the king. In the predella is shown Daniel interpreting the handwriting on the wall at the feast of Belshazzar, while in the canopy above is shown Daniel in the lion's den, and through the iron bars can be seen the king looking into Daniel's fate. In the shield above are shown Daniel's three friends-Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego-coming out unharmed from the fire.


Jonah is shown in a characteristic complaining pose holding in his hand a staff symbolic of his journeys. The predalla shows Jonah being cast up on dry land by the whale, while in the canopy Jonah is complaining to God because the gourd tree became barren and the hot sun beat down upon him. In the shield is shown the ship in which he tried to flee from the presence of the Lord.

Starting in 1996, all of the Willet windows were sent back to their studio in Philadelphia for restoration. The restored windows were re-dedicated in 1998.


Condition of Window: Fair

Height: ~12'

Width: 6'

Type of Glass and Technique: Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came

Nehemiah, Daniel, and Jonah
Nehemiah, Daniel, and Jonah
Nehemiah, Daniel, and Jonah canopy
Nehemiah, Daniel, and Jonah canopy
Nehemiah, Daniel, and Jonah close-up
Nehemiah, Daniel, and Jonah close-up
Nehemiah, Daniel, and Jonah predella
Nehemiah, Daniel, and Jonah predella
Nehemiah, Daniel, and Jonah Willet studio cartoon
Nehemiah, Daniel, and Jonah Willet studio cartoon

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