Photographer's Note

Sunday today, so, I thought about posting this one about the "glass church":

St. Matthew's Church in the town of Millbrook looks, at first glance, to be a nice but not too interesting Victorian church. It is not until one gets to the front doors that the promise of something wonderful makes itself known. The Art Deco glass panels in the front door, designed and manufactured by Rene Lalique (1860-1945) let you know that this is no ordinary church.

For many years St. Matthew's was a very ordinary church indeed. Then, in 1934 in tribute to multi-millionaire pharmacist Sir Jesse Boot, the church was completely refurbished with Lalique-designed and manufactured glass being used for everything from glass door panels to altar screens to 20' high crosses. The effect of this phenomenal hand-crafted glass in this simple building is interesting. Far from being ostentatious it has remained a simple and quiet place to worship. The glass seems to fit perfectly into its surroundings and looks as if it could have always been there. It's a wonderful spot for anyone to visit but is a 'must see' if you are interested in art glass or Art Deco design.

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