Saint Botolph was called "Stained Glass Row" for most of the 20th Century
The Saint Botolph neighborhood saw the manufacture of tens of thousands of stained glass windows from 1913 to the late 1990s. The Charles J. Connick Associates Studio alone produced over 15,000 windows just for churches and public buildings.
They were all part of the Arts & Crafts Movement in Boston. St. Botolph also hosted design programs for textiles, cabinetry, ceramics, and other arts, but it was stained glass that made a home in the St. Botolph neighborhood.
Charles J. Connick Associates was
one of two nationally renowned stained glass manufacturers located here for more than 75 years.
This neighborhood also housed stained glass programs for MIT and Boston University a hundred years ago.
According to Wikipedia.org, Charles J. Connick started his workshop in the Arts & Crafts guild space at 9 Harcourt Street in 1913. Connick’s most notable works include the rose windows of the Cathedrals of St. Patrick and St. John the Divine in New York City, and windows in the American Church in Paris. One of his largest works is in the Heinz Memorial Chapel at the University of Pittsburgh."
Mr. Connick’s work was recognized by Boston University and Princeton University with honorary degrees. From Wikipedia,
"At his death [in 1946], The New York Times reported that
Dr. Connick was 'considered the world's greatest contemporary craftsman in stained glass.'"
Today, the front of his studio is still visible next to the SW Corridor Park. It has changed. The top floor used to have a cathedral ceiling where craftsmen could construct large church windows.
Twenty years after Charles Connick opened his studio, a second important stained glass company called John Terrence O'Duggan Studio (pronounced Oh Doug In) opened just 4 blocks away at 116 Saint Botolph Street on the corner of Durham Street.
So far, we have only been able to confirm two residences with windows from these stained glass manufacturers:
O'Duggan: the transoms and side windows at 116 Saint Botolph
Connick: the transoms and side windows at 27 Saint Botolph
If you can confirm others, please contact us!
But it is certain that much of the stained glass in this neighborhood has the fingerprints of the craftspeople who worked with Connick and O'Duggan.
Here's a small sample of the work produced by Charles J. Connick Associates.