St. Joseph RC Cathedral - Table of Contents

2009 Photos
Altar and Rose Windows
- St. Joseph's RC Cathedral
AKA St. Joseph's RC Old Cathedral
50 Franklin St., Buffalo, NY

St. Joseph RC Cathedral - Official Website
Visitor Information: (716) 854-5855

Dedicated:

Crucifixion window 1855
Nativity and Resurrection windows 1855(?)

Designer:

J[osef] Scherer (See photo of signature below)

Fabricator:

J[osef] Scherer

Style:

Munich Pictorial style


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Nativity

Nativity

Nativity

Altar windows (3 lancets) and rose window above

Nativity

Detail -Nativity


Scrolling acanthus leaves

Finials

Note three shepherds



 

Mary & Joseph

   
       

Crucifixion

Crucifixion

Crucifixion

Crucifixion

Center lancet - Crucifixion

Note 3 women

Angel preserving Christ's blood in a chalice



Angel preserving Christ's blood in a chalice

 

 


 

Note Artist's signature in lower right

Artist's signature: J[osef] Scherer / [translation: Munich]

 

       

Resurrection

Resurrection

Resurrection

Resurrection

Resurrection

Detail - Resurrection

 

Roman soldier



Roman soldiers

Note lower right: [translation: Munich}

 

 

       

Rose window

Rose window

   



Rose window above altar windows

Pelican and chicks



Altar Windows

Behind the altar are three windows depicting the Nativity, the Crucifixion and the Resurrection. These were once believed to be displayed in the Munich Exposition of 1850 and donated to the church by King Ludwig I. Sadly this legend is just a story as King Ludwig I abdicated in 1848, there was no Exposition in Munich in 1850 and it is documented that the windows were purchased for $5,000.

Regardless of their origin, these are three of the oldest stained glass windows in the burned over district. The panels were executed by Josef Scherer of the Königliche Glasmalereianstalt in 1854 and took over a year to prepare and install. Scherer was a pioneer in the now referred to “Munich-style” of stained glass that is defined by its large, pictorial scenes with painted and enameled details.

The two large windows at the ends of the transepts, scenes of the Holy Family on the north end and the Life of Mary on the south, were made in New York City around the same time. The rest of the windows found in the church were manufactured by the Tyrolese Art Glass Company and installed in 1902, with one exception, the Father Kelly Memorial Window. The two panel window depict St. Charles Borromeo on the left and St. Edward the Confessor on the right with the lives of each saint in small panels surrounding them. This window is a rarity in the Catholic world as it was made by Hardman & Co. of England, a firm whose windows are usually found in Episcopal churches.

- Gregory Witul, St. Joseph Cathedral Reprinted from Exploring the Burned Over District (online March 2015)

Special thanks to Rector Msgr. James F. Campbell for his cooperation in 2009
Photos and their arrangement © 2009 Chuck LaChiusa
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