The Washington Park historic community of North Plainfield, New Jersey, has some of the most beautiful stained glass windows in its vintage homes.
This 240+ page book chronicles the popularity of colored glass windows, called "lights" in vintage blueprints, and studies the appearance and influence of the LCTiffany Studios, among others, in this neighborhood's residences, churches, and surrounding community.
THE LIGHTS OF WASHINGTON PARK
The beauty and history of some of North Plainfield,
New Jersey's most distinctive stained glass windows.
Exploring the residences built between the 1870s and 1920s, (most listed on the National Registry of Historic Places), this chapter reveals, in general, many glorious stairwell windows hidden from the street, along with smaller sidelights and more intimate transom windows.
Similarities are cited, and conclusions drawn, between elements of windows in different homes, and many other era-rich interior decoration details are included.
Clearly the centerpiece estate of the historic district, the home, built by the McCutchen family in 1885, bears quite possibly the finest (and largest) examples of residential Tiffany windows an interior decoration found in New Jersey today.
The McCutchen and Tiffany families were known to be friends, and it's in this home that details were discovered that prove the authenticity of the Tiffany glass.
The McCutchen Home
From the 1868 Episcopal Church of the Holy Cross, the only church that sits within the confines of Washington Park, to the rest of the various denominations' buildings in North Plainfield, the breadth of ecclesiastical window systems that span the decades are featured, along with many fine examples of figural painted glass.
Featuring the beautiful glass of Mount Saint Mary's Academy, and the McAuley Chapel in Watchung, St.Luke's Episcopal Church in Metuchen, and the gorgeous Tiffany windows of the Somerset Country Jury Room in Somerville.
Outside North Plainfield
We had the privilege of uncovering a glorious window that was hidden behind a large wall mirror for 50 years.
Today, it sits as a testimony to the lasting beauty of stained glass, and to people dedicated to keeping is appreciation alive.