Martin Entrance Foyer

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Three of Robert Browning's best short poems are represented in the Martin Entrance Foyer. Using the links below, please take a moment to enjoy the beauty of these windows and to study their accompanying poetry.

Rabbi Ben Ezra Window on the left ("Grow old along with me! The best is yet to be")

Abt Vogler Window in the center ("On the earth the broken arcs; in the heaven a perfect round")

Saul Window on the right ("Tis not what man Does which exalts him, but what man Would do")

These three double stained-glass windows dominate the outside wall of the Martin Entrance Foyer and were created by Charles J. Connick Associates Inc. in Boston, Massachusetts. In a letter dated 5 March 1946, Orin E. Skinner, Secretary to Mr. Connick, shared the plan for the development of the three windows:

"The conception involves great medallions outlined and defined by growing decorative vine forms interlacing and enclosing a multitude of significant symbolism related to each central theme. Blue may be said to be the dominant color note, as in most distinguished windows, although it is well foiled with fine pure ruby, lovely passages of green and violet, and threads of gold and silver woven throughout the pattern, like the sturdy supporting structure of black, playing an important part in harmonizing and accenting the value of pure color.

"Bells and pomegranates are suggested in significant positions. The foliated vine is fruitful with ruby pomegranates and the blue bells are especially in evidence in the dark red field around Abt Vogler, 'an alternation of poetry and thought.'

"While conceived in full color, the design is carefully planned to admit an abundance of illumination of the foyer, and to glorify that interior in sparkling color and light."