Assumption RC Church - Table of Contents

Chapels: Stained glass windows - Assumption RC Church
435 Amherst Street, Buffalo, NY 14207

Chapel: "A chapel can either be an alcove with an altar in a large church, or a separate building that is smaller than a full-sized church."

The Assumption

The Ascension

East chapel: The Assumption

Note the Jozef Slawinski  sgraffito murals in the sanctuary.
The studios that produced the  stained glass windows in the church are unknown due to flooding that destroyed many church records. Henry Swiatek, Jr. opines that the nave windows are European, probably German.

All the windows in the church are in the pictorial Renaissance style of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. They are heavily painted in enamel on glass and are rich in color with large realistic figures heavily painted in rich and dark colors.  The Renaissance style window is three-dimensional, an effect aided by the landscape in the background.

"The architectural canopies in the space above the figures are a favorite device used by the German Studios to fill large windows. This device was first introduced in the fourteenth century when German cathedrals began to soar and windows became taller and narrower." – Nola Huse Tutag, Discovering Stained Glass in Detroit, Wayne State University Press, 1987, p. 93

The window is a two-panel window with rounded arches united by a semicircle.


Carl Schmill Sr. is presumably the church architect's father.

The Ascension

The Ascension

Special thanks to  Rev. Richard Jedrzejewski, Pastor, for his cooperation
and to Henry and Brett Swiatek of Swiatek Studios for their assistance.

Photos and their arrangement 2011 Chuck LaChiusa
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