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The Last Window is a rare, insider’s view of the Connick Studios, one of this country’s oldest and best known…this film might well find its way to immortality in its depiction of the workings and interpersonal relationships of the big, old-fashioned stained glass studio, the kind that put American stained glass on the art world’s map.  –Julie L. Sloan Professional Stained Glass (now Glass Craftsman Magazine)


Every day, someone somewhere is being delighted by a Connick window. The studio’s great legacy is the 15,000 windows dispersed to 5000 churches, libraries and other public buildings, and because the studio played an important part in the history of American decorative arts, its considerable collection of books, records, photographs, paintings, sketches, and full sized cartoons migrated to the Boston Public Library. I imagined The Last Window as an opportunity to bridge these two collections by celebrating the studio as a community of artist craftsmen, a work place that produced monumental art of great and lasting beauty.  The surviving worker/owners, diligently piecing together the studio’s final commission even as auctioneers are appraising the furnishings, represent the scores of craftsmen who realized the Connick vision over 73 years.  And maybe this glimpse of how, where, and by whom these magnificent windows were made will add to the appreciation of stained glass.    –John Bishop    


The Charles J. Connick Associates stained glass studio began in 1913 at Nine Hundred Harcourt Street in Boston’s Back Bay. Founded on the principles of a medieval craft guild, the studio was closely allied with Ralph Adams Cram, dean of the Gothic revival in American architecture. When Mr. Connick died in 1945, Orin Skinner continued the traditions of the studio which Connick had characterized as “only incidentally a business” and led it for 41 more years. In its 73 years, the studio employed and trained scores of glass men. Their work can be seen from Grace Cathedral in San Francisco to St Patrick's Cathedral and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York; colleges including Boston University, Princeton, and Westpoint, and numerous buildings large and small all over North America.

The Last Window follows the studio's final commission, a window for All Saints Church in Brookline, Massachusetts—the church that gave Connick his first commission. Working through the steps of making the window, the craftsmen talk about the process, and their own engagement with the studio. The film is narrated by Jonathan Fairbanks, former Curator of American Decorative Arts at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.


We commend The Last Window for excellence in showing the life cycle of an industry and the people involved, expertly illuminating aesthetic considerations, technical processes, and work ethics.-- Society for Visual Anthropology Commendation
The studio archives are managed by The Charles J. Connick Stained Glass Foundation, Ltd. 

Award for Excellence Society for Visual Anthropology Film & Video Festival 1989
Red Ribbon American Film Festival 1990


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