|Chandelier and window from the Willard Chapel|
Despite having lived in New York for almost 20 years, I seldom ventured much further north than Dutchess County (which is not that far). So I had never been to Auburn, in central New York State, a bit west of Syracuse. The town is notable for two institutions, Auburn Theological Seminary and Auburn Prison, both founded within a couple years of each other in the early 19th century. William Seward--the US Secretary of State who negotiated the 1867 purchase of Alaska from Russia--lived in Auburn, as did Harriet Tubman, who helped free slaves via the Underground Railway.
|Willard Memorial Chapel on the left|
In the 1890s, the Seminary benefited from the gift of a chapel on the school grounds given by Georgina and Caroline Willard in memory of their father, Dr. Sylvester Willard. The good doctor was both entrepreneurial and philanthropic and left his daughters with both the means and goodwill to remember him with a substantial structure.
|View towards the pipe organ and lectern|
|View to the back of the chapel, with the Christ Sustaining Peter window and Holzer relief panel below|
|On the left, the chapel for the Columbian Exposition, now at the Morse Museum; on the right the chandelier from the Church of the Covenant in Boston.|
|One of the three center chandeliers|
|Detail of the frame around the Holzer allegorical relief|
|Detail of the ceiling|
You can find info on visiting the Willard Memorial Chapel here.
Next time: more Tiffany in Auburn.
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