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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. John Armenian Church

Studio Name: Loire (Gabriel) Studios

City: Southfield

Window Shape: 4 (rounded or rose window)

Date of Window: 1966

Subject/Title of Window: The Armenian Cross

Brief Description of Subject: This facade rose window depicts the Armenian Cross --- the ends of a cross with appendages associated with three, symbolizing the Trinity.
Background for the stone embellishment surrounding this rose window and its accompanying illustrative photo are taken from the book "History of St. John's Armenian Church and the Apostolic Society" by Dennis R. Papazian:
"A uniquely Armenian feature is the use of wide molded frames to embellish small windows whose purpose was to let in some light without letting in too much cold air. The rose window on the north bay is an example of the skillful way in which small openings are embellished. This one was inspired by the Horomos church in Ani, built in the eleventh century."
The photo shows the stone carving on the Horomos Church which inspired the design of the stone carving around the window at St. John's.

Height: 4'

Width: 4'

Type of Glass and Technique: Slab or Faceted Glass (Dalle de Verre)

The Armenian Cross
The Armenian Cross
The Armenian Cross outside
The Armenian Cross outside
Inspired by Horomos Church carving
Inspired by Horomos Church carving

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