Looking for the little blue frog? You’ve come to the right place. Following in the footsteps of Manja and Joey, I am sitting in for Norm today as your host for Thursday Doors. Norm will be back next week, but the door fest continues in his absence, and the gallery is open for business. As for my contribution, I have something special to share – the doors and windows of Heinz Chapel.
Heinz Chapel is a nondenominational chapel located opposite the Cathedral of Learning on the University of Pittsburgh campus. The French Gothic Revival chapel was gift to the university from Henry John Heinz to honor his mother, Anna Margaretta Heinz (all I ever managed to do was to get my mother a card). The following is from the chapel’s website’s history page:
Ground was broken for the chapel in 1933, the cornerstone was laid in 1934, and the building was dedicated in 1938. At the chapel’s dedication, Howard Heinz spoke for his family when he said of the chapel:
“It is located in a community where my father was born and lived his life. It is on the campus of a university. As part of that university, it is dedicated to culture, an understanding response to beauty, and religious worship.”
In that same ceremony, John Gabbert Bowman, Chancellor of the university said:
“The chapel is designed as a fitting center of worship which in various ways will rise at the University. The character, intensity, the level of that worship may change from generation to generation. The spiritual tide in men rises and falls. Through these changes though, the Chapel will stand, calm and undisturbed.”
Although Thursday Doors is a weekly celebration of doors, I have to include windows in the gallery today because the stained-glass windows of Heinz Chapel are remarkable. Again, from the website:
The 73-foot transept windows, among the tallest in the world, represent the character traits of tolerance, courage, temperance, and truth. A symbol of each trait is in the tracery. The windows, which highlight an equal number of women and men, contain sacred and secular figures from history, literature, and science. A rosette above each set of windows contains a red-winged seraph on the north and a blue-winged cherub on the south.
If you want to see the doors and windows of Heinz Chapel, click on any image in the gallery to start a slide show. If you are here to share your doors, or if you simply want to look at beautiful doors from all over the world, click the little blue frog. He will guide you to the master gallery. I will check in on every Thursday Doors post, but I may be late in getting to them, as I am busy with a construction project. Thank you for joining us today, and if you have been thinking about participating (but haven’t yet, or haven’t in a while) I would urge you to join us next Thursday, October 11th when Norm Frampton, the benevolent and inspiring host of Thursday Doors, will return.