Thursday, August 26, 2010

Stained Glass Windows at Homewood Cemetery

I love mausoleums.  They are spooky, creepy, and beautiful all at the same time.  The history nut in me loves how they represent a bygone era.  They are especially beautiful when they contain stained glass windows.

Homewood Cemetery is one of the larger, old, historic cemeteries in Pittsburgh, PA.  I have never visited this one, but it is on my list.  Especially since I recently found some ancestors there.   Homewood has 116 private family mausoleums, most with stained glass windows.  The cemetery recently hired a Pittsburgh photographer, Glenn Lewis, to document all the stained glass windows.

His year long project has resulted in more than 460 images which are now part of the cemetery's records.  I think this is an excellent idea.  Most of the stained glass is old and created by noted Pittsburgh artists.  Mr. Lewis will also be photographing the mausoleum windows at Allegheny Cemetery, another very old, historic cemetery.

If you are nearby the Pittsburgh area you can view Mr. Lewis' work at the main administration building at 1599 S. Dallas avenue.  They have created an exhibit of his photos which is free to the public.

When I make a trip to the cemetery I will post some pictures.  Taking cemetery photos is quickly becoming another passion of mine, even though I am not even close to a photography expert.  I am anxious to visit my ancestor's grave at Homewood.  Her name is Jane Harris Gazzam, sister to my great, great grandmother.  She was born into a poor working class family of immigrants.  However she married a very successful businessman who belonged to a prominent Pittsburgh family.  So I have high hopes of finding a large tombstone and maybe even a mausoleum.  This would be so exciting since most of my ancestors don't  have any type of grave markers.

You can view some of the stained glass window photos here from the article in the Pittsburgh Post Gazette about the exhibit.

1 comment:

  1. What I like about stained glass windows is that the lights at night make passers-by enjoy them from the outside.