About Saint Botolph Stained Glass Windows
The Saint Botolph neighborhood has a lot of beautiful stained glass. It was once called "Stained Glass Row."
This website tells the story (and may someday offer a self-guided walking tour map) of our local stained-glass treasures.
This neighborhood is an official historical district. It covers a rectangular area in the southwestern-most corner of Boston's Back Bay. It stretches 8 blocks east to west but runs just 2 blocks north to south. It is one block south of the Victorian+ “Avenue of the Arts” – today’s Huntington Avenue/Route 9. About 150 of the original street addresses remain from 1900 when the original development was complete.
Boston plans of the St Botolph neighborhood
Our glass windows are displayed in entry ways, over bay windows, and sometimes as singular architectural features. A recent survey by SBNA found that about 200 stained glass windows still adorn buildings in the 16-block Saint Botolph neighborhood.
The entryways of 109 & 171 St. Botolph St.
brilliantLY display the craft of stained glass.
About this Project
It started with a conversation on the front stairs of Claire's townhouse on Saint Botolph Street. Claire Dargan was the Communications Officer for the St Botolph Neighborhood Association in 2020. She and Dan d'Heilly, an occasional SBNA and SW Corridor Park volunteer, talked about enjoying our stained glass on evening walks and the local history of stained glass manufacture.
They decided that St. Botolph stained glass should be online, and Dan offered to make it happen. Of course, stained glass looks best when illuminated at night...
A Stained Glass Adventure
So Dan started taking photos of stained glass windows in the Saint Botolph neighborhood after dusk.
One evening, he turned south onto Cumberland Street, and a young woman was already walking down the street in front of him. He stopped in front of several homes to take photographs.
When she got home, she notified the police about a potential burglar and posted a warning on www.NextDoor.com. Someone who lived on Durham saw her post, and checked their front door video reel. Then they posted a video of Dan online at NextDoor.
After returning home, Dan checked his email and saw the post on NextDoor - a "burglar" casing the neighborhood?!
After briefly admiring the video, he realized the Boston police were coming! For a brief moment, it seemed like a reasonable idea to leave the country, but calmer heads prevailed!
Fortunately, his Saint Botolph Neighborhood Association "accomplice" Claire Dargan also noticed the NextDoor post. Claire replied to the NextDoor world that Dan was acting on SBNA business. The poor alarmed woman called the police to cancel her complaint, and posted an apology on NextDoor.com.
Dan later told friends that he had learned his lesson, and would not go out at night taking photos.
Most of his friends doubted that he would stop, and they were right. Dan looked at his collection of stained glass windows, and he was pleased except it was missing several great windows!