Colored Light and Reflections, Bellefontaine Cemetery

There is a new mausoleum at Bellefontaine Cemetery, whose owners wish to remain anonymous until the first interment. All cemetery staff and contractors who worked on the project are sworn to secrecy, but we can tell the famed firm of Emil Frei & Associates designed and produced the beautiful stained glass windows that were commissioned for the mausoleum. I took these quick photos with my iPhone on the sunny Saturday this past weekend, as the colors danced on the polished granite, or reflected back at me.

The following window is clearly based off Michelangelo’s Pieta, in St. Peter’s.

While the Baptism of Christ reminds me of the work by Verrocchio, the teacher of Leonardo da Vinci, which is housed in the Uffizi.

The iron grates have a large eye, in which I could see my reflection.

The lion that stands guard out front is reflected in the black granite.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. Chris:
    I’ve watched construction on that mausoleum from a distance for a couple of years, but your post inspired me to look more closely and take some pictures. Any idea who designed it? Some very nice details and craftsmanship of certain parts. I like the fact that Bellefontaine remains very much an active and ongoing institution, with gorgeous historic monuments and some very nice newer ones too. My pics are in the Gallery section of my website, scroll to bottom.

    1. Chris Naffziger says:

      I do not know–I have been careful not to ask too many questions as the artisans and Cemetery have agreed to not divulge the patron. It was just so obvious that the stained glass windows were the work of Emil Frei that I identified them as the creators.

      Very nice photographs, by the way!

  2. Maddy says:

    The architecture firm is Mitchell Wall Design.

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