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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: 2 (rectangle)

Date of Window: 1966

Subject/Title of Window: Decorative Narthex Windows

Brief Description of Subject: Description of windows from Church booklet:
"The narthex or Kavit, was generally a large interior space just outside of the main sanctuary entrance. Upon entering this small narthex of St. John's one will see two recessed areas to the left and right. These are illuminated by seven slender ... niche windows with dominant cobalt and blue faceted glass, welcoming worshipers into a simple and cool environment that transitions into a blast of massive colors and decorations in the beautiful nave itself."
This description of the outside view refers to the placement of ornaments crowning the narrow windows. It is taken from the book "History of St. John's Armenian Church and the Armenian Apostoloic Society" by Dennis R. Papazian:
"The semi-octagonal projecting walls of the narthex between the Church proper and the entrance portico recall the treatment of windows around the base at the Khoragept monastery in Armenia, with shell-shaped ornaments crowning the narrow windows. This combination of motifs was used so skillfully at Khoragept that in many respects it foreshadows the clean, well-proportioned qualities of some of the better twentieth-century buildings."  (I could not locate the Khoragept monastery so I have illustrated this treatment from the Khor Virap monastery in Armenia.)

Height: 63"

Width: 6"

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

Decorative Narthex Windows
Decorative Narthex Windows
Decorative Narthex Windows outside
Decorative Narthex Windows outside
Khor Virap monastery
Khor Virap monastery

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