A Luncheon Talk by Anthony Anadio, followed by a Guided Tour of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Albany
Call now for reservations! 518-463-1151
For centuries, stained-glass windows in churches have
brought together art, nature, science, spirituality, and people. With St.
Peter’s Episcopal Church in Albany as an example, Anthony Anadio will explain
the evolution of glassmaking and the use of stained glass in churches at a
luncheon on Thursday, July 26 at the National Register-listed University Club of
Albany, 141 Washington Avenue at Dove Street. The buffet lunch will begin at
12:00 noon, with the presentation followed by a guided tour of the historic
church at 107 State Street at 1:00 p.m.
In the 12th century, Abbot Suger
of Saint-Denis wrote, “The loveliness of the many-colored gems has called me
away from external cares, and worthy meditations have induced me to reflect...”
According to Anadio, “Stained-glass windows are quite literally windows to the
past that allow us to see a shared American and European sense of beauty and
The distinguished history of St. Peter’s Church begins in 1708
when England’s Queen Ann founded a “Chapel of the Onondagas” to bring
missionaries to North America and granted land in Albany to build an Anglican
Church. The current church was built by Richard Upjohn of New York City,
well-known for his Gothic Revival Style, in 1860. His son, Richard M. Upjohn
added the impressive bell tower in 1876. The richly decorated interiors include
work by leading artists and designers, including windows designed by the English
artist Edward C. Burne-Jones and fabricated by the William Morris Company of
London in 1880; the chancel windows made by Clayton and Bell of London in 1885;
and the rose window over the State Street entrance made by the Tiffany Company
Anthony Anadio is a Ph.D. candidate at the University at Albany
under the direction of Warren Roberts. He is an adjunct at the University and a
faculty member of Empire State College, where he teaches all periods of American
and European History. Although much of his work focuses on the arts, Mr. Anadio
has a deep interest in the sciences and philosophy, and is very slowly pursuing
a career as a documentary filmmaker.
The cost for the luncheon and
lecture is $25. Reservations are required and may be made by calling the
University Club at 518-463-1151. The University Club Foundation, a 501c3
corporation, is presenting this event, which the public is invited to attend.
The Foundation was formed to recognize and maintain the unique historic and
architectural significance of the University Club building and property, its
historic neighborhood and the city of Albany, where it has been located since
its inception in 1901.