Wilbur H. Burnham Studios

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Boston, Massachussets stained glass design firm, Wilbur H. Burnham Studios, was founded by master stained glass craftsman Wilbur H. Burnham, in 1922. Together with Charles J. Connick and Joseph G. Reynolds, Burnham studios became recognized as one of the most prominent stained glass design companies in the United States. Burnham took early commissions from influential American architect Ralph Adams Cram, and believed strongly in the medieval stained glass tradition. In the late 1930s his son, Wilbur H. Burnham, Jr., who had received an informal education on tours of Europe with his family, and a BFA from Yale University, joined the firm.

Some of the studio's most notable commissions included seventeen windows for the Washington National Cathedral in Washington, D. C., all the windows and murals for Saint Mary's Cathedral, Peoria, Illinois, ten windows for the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City, and five for the Riverside Church, also in New York City.

Both Burnham and Burnham, Jr., served as presidents of the Stained Glass Association of American from 1938-1941 and 1956-1957 respectively. Burnham, Jr., took over the studio in 1968 when his father retired, and sold the studios in 1982.

From the guide to the Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991, (Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution)

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creatorOf Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1991 Archives of American Art
creatorOf Charles S. Hayes Stained Glass Design Drawings Corning Museum of Glass. Rakow Research Library
creatorOf Wilbur H. Burnham Studios. Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, [ca. 1904-1980]. Archives of American Art
creatorOf Wilbur H. Burnham Studios. Wilbur H. Burnham Studios records, circa 1904-1980. Archives of American Art
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associatedWith American Art Expositions (Firm) corporateBody
associatedWith Burnham, Wilbur C. person
associatedWith Burnham, Wilbur Herbert, 1887-1974. person
associatedWith Burnham, Wilbur Herbert, Jr., 1913-1984 person
associatedWith Connick, Charles J., 1875-1945 person
associatedWith Joseph G. Reynolds Associates. corporateBody
associatedWith Joseph G. Reynolds Associates. corporateBody
associatedWith Portanova, Joseph Domenico, 1909-1979. person
associatedWith Reynolds, Francis, and Rohnstock. corporateBody
associatedWith Reynolds, Francis, and Rohnstock. corporateBody
associatedWith Reynolds, Joseph G., 1886-1972. person
associatedWith Reynolds, Joseph G., 1886-1972. person
associatedWith Stained Glass Association of America corporateBody
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Boston MA US
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Glass painting and staining
Glass painting and staining
Stained glass
Stained glass artists
Stained glass artists
Church architecture
Church architecture
Church decoration and ornament
Church decoration and ornament
Decorative art
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Activity

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Establishment 1922

Disestablishment 1982

Americans

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