Father Baker's National Shrine and Basilica of Our Blessed Lady of Victory
Lackawanna, N. Y.
The Rt. Rev. Nelson H. Baker, L.L.D., P.A.
The Stained Glass Windows in this Beautiful Edifice produced by Otto F. Andrle Stained Glass Art Inst. Inc. Buffalo, N. Y.
he beautiful stained glass windows erected in the great Basilica of our Blessed Lady of Victory
are attracting marked attention of connoisseurs and those interested in
ecclesiastical art. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. N. H. Baker, who for
several years had considered the possibilities of art productions for
his windows, succeeded in obtaining perhaps the finest windows in the
United States. It is said that windows erected in some of the
famous churches of the 13th century have never been equaled, but
students of the present period have classified those in this beautiful
shrine as reflecting the deep religious feeling prevailing at that time.
The realization of this marvelous work can better be appreciated by a
visit to the shrine, where thousands of visitors view this wonderful
Temple annually. There are one hundred and thirty-four windows in the Basilica
the two largest being 13 feet in diameter. There are sixty-three
windows 5 feet wide by 12 feet high, 32 windows 20 inches wide by 48
inches high, and sixteen dome windows with angels in adoration.
The large Rose windows in the Transepts are marvels of beauty, the
central figures being St. George and St. Michael surrounded by angels
and cherubs, interspersed with beautiful Renaissance ornament.
Without artistic windows, in this great edifice, all other arts would
be amiss; the windows have been designed with symbolism of coloring,
the rays of which beautify every nook of the grand interior.
Great care has been exercised by the artist to produce ecclesiastical
atmosphere, and the result is wonderfully pleasing and inspiring.
Needless to say the architectural surroundings of the windows are in
strict harmony with the edifice. For centuries a blight has been
put upon the great art of producing stained glass windows, but after
the year of 1860 rapid strides were made in this sacred art. The
rising generation of glass painters was carefully taught the art, and
made it the study of their lifetime. It is true that the world
has never seen finer glass than that of the present day, and it is no
exaggeration to affirm that the windows in the great shrine at
Lackawanna equal if not excel many of the ancient windows produced in
the archaic or medieval periods, which glass is still the wonder and
admiration of the world.
The windows in this grand Basilica are entitled to the artistic and
ecclesiastical preference given them, on account of their profound
meaning and elevating nature; regarding every point from which
they can be critically studied; the composition of drawing, the
facial expression, beautiful harmony and symphony of color treatment,
which is most pleasing, reveal a faultless and restful treatment,
inspiring sentiment and devotion. It is interesting to note that
this remarkable work of art was produced by Otto F. Andrle, Art
Director of our Studio, who by the Rt. Rev. Msgr. N. H. Baker was
honored with the commission, unsolicited, to produce the stained glass
for this great monument.
Inquiries from many of the visiting clergy are made to determine from
which part of Europe the windows came. The windows are produced
in the technique of medieval art and guaranteed indestructible, whilst
many of the European imports of the present period may be seen to be
fading or decaying after exposure to our climate.
"Stained glass is a memorial art -- it is the most durable form of
decorative art known -- with the possible exception of mosaic. It
conveys the records of its founders to their descendants hundreds of
years afterward, and is therefore the most suitable medium for
preserving the memory of great deeds and great men."
Windows produced by The Otto F. Andrle Studios are individual, and
generally preferred by connoisseurs of the art, on account of their
artistic character, brilliancy and beautiful color harmony.
Father Baker is to be congratulated in recognizing Mr. Andrle's
capabilities, especially to encourage American Art, there being some
very poor examples of imported windows to be seen in America.
Mr. Andrle, who for the past thirty-five years has made an exclusive
study of Ecclesiastical Art, has attained recognition by church
authorities as worthy of comparison with the early masters. He
received some of his early training in drawing and painting from Mr. L.G. Selsted
dean of art, Buffalo; A. Stacey of England, and other famous
German Artists. He is a member of the Christian Art Society
Rev. M. Phillips, Our Lady of Lourdes, Buffalo, N. Y.
rtists of your
caliber ought to be known and patronized especially our own American
boys. Some people believe that Germany only can produce works of
art. They are so blinded that they can see nothing beautiful in
this country. I saw mighty poor work of Germany's artists, and
some good things also. Our country has good things too, but our
people do not appreciate it.
Rev. John J. McMahon, St. Mark's Church, Buffalo, N. Y.
wish to congratulate
you on the stained glass windows installed in our church. The
entire work is highly artistic, the arrangement of the subjects is in
perfect harmony with the Gospel narrative, and the entire color scheme
is truly pleasing. The work as a whole compares most favorably
with any work done abroad.
Rev. Francis X. Scherer, Our Lady Help of Christians Shrine, Cheektowaga, New York
very well pleased with the new windows placed in our church. They are
real works of art and compare favorably with imports. What I like
most in your productions is the judicious selection of the symbolic
colors and the artistic yet natural expression of the figures.
Rev. John A. Karnis, Holy Trinity Church, Maltby, Pa.
marvel of beauty and
deep expression of religious feeling are evidenced in the windows of
our church, and students of art have classified this fine work with
some of the churches in France, England and Germany.
Rev. Wm. J. Schreck, St. Gerard's Church, Buffalo, N.Y.
feel it a duty of
gratitude to express my appreciation of the fine specimens of stained
glass with which you have adorned our church. I am glad that we
have right here in our city an institution of such artistic merit.
Rev. John S. Sabota, St. Joseph's Church, Nanicoke, Pa.
acknowledge the beautiful work you have installed; not only
myself but all my parishioners are delighted with the windows.
Have had strangers come in purposely to see them.
Rev. T. Maurice O'Hern, St. Clara's Church, Clarendon, Pa., St. Anthony's Church, Sheffield, Pa.
am very well pleased with the windows in both my churches in Clarendon and Sheffield. They look remarkably fine.
Rev. J. Kiffer, St. Agnes Church, Buffalo, N. Y.
have succeeded in
obtaining some of the finest windows in the States. Not any
imports could in any way have been produced any better, if as good.
Rev. J.B. Baillorgen, Englise St. Jean Baptiste Church, Troy, N. Y.
he windows installed
in St. Jeane's Church have been a subject of admiration for all those
who know how to appreciate what is beautiful. After having
analyzed carefully your work in our church no one will be tempted to go
abroad for something better. The clergy and laity are unanimous
in praise of the artistic choice of compositions which make the
subjects so completely explained in conformity with the scriptural text.
Rev. P.J. Gemuengt, Fourteen Holy Helpers Shrine, Gardenville, N. Y.
The new windows elicit general admiration. Beautiful spirituality
is expressed in a truly saint like countenance of each one of the
fourteen saints. The windows lend reverent atmosphere to our
Rev. James C. Bubenheim, St. Mary Magdalene Church, Buffalo, N. Y.
am pleased that I
left the matter of the large Transept windows of my church to your
discretion. Other windows installed in our church by different
firms have proven a failure. Everyone who has seen your windows
were under the impression that they were of the best imports
known. There is no need of importing windows if such works of art
are produced in America.
Rev. John Reuland, Holy Trinity Church, Syracuse, N. Y.
the windows I must say that they are not only nice, but glorious.
This is the verdict of all who see them, without exception. You
may remind everyone who applies for glass paintings, that if they
compare your art with imported windows, they will not hesitate to
commission you to do their work.
Rev. Max Muller, St. Nicholas Church, North Java, N. Y.
t affords me great
pleasure to inform you of our entire satisfaction with the
windows. The light effects and coloring are beautiful. The
groups are radiant gems, and reveal a complete mastery of the
art. Every prospective buyer of art windows should communicate
with you before placing orders for imports.
Sister M. Cherubin, St. Mary's Hospital, Niagara Falls, N. Y.
executed windows you placed in our Chapel are admired and praised by
all who visit here. We congratulate ourselves on having had the
good fortune to make arrangements with your esteemed company. The
portrait of the Rt. Rev. Msgr. Connery is most excellent.
M. Semour Purdy, Minister, American Reformed Dutch Church, Newburgh, N. Y.
ermit me to tell you
of our entire satisfaction in the window. It is a masterly piece
of work, from every viewpoint, to all who see it, and the expression of
pleasure and approval is unanimous.
Rev. L. Bastian, Church of the Good Shepherd, Pendleton, N. Y.
am very pleased with
the windows made for our church. Everybody that sees them admires them,
and I am sure that they could not have been made better in Europe.
Rev. James A. Hogan, St. Rose of Lima, Forestville, N. Y.
am pleased to tell
you that our windows are very satisfactory in every way; everyone
is well pleased with them. I thank you for the good work.
Rev. Wm. E. O'Hern, St. Mary's Church, Genesee, Pa.
want to say to you
that my windows are grand, and entirely satisfactory. I wish to
compliment you on being so efficient in your art.
and estimates submitted for the Old and Modern styles of work.
Stained glass portraits a specialty. Mr. Andrle's counsel
available for any stained glass window problems.
Otto F. Andrle Stained Glass and Art Institute, Inc., 354 Ellicott Street, Buffalo, New York