Wright felt stained glass windows were an integral part of any architectural design, more so than any other American Arts and Crafts architect.

His most important and innovative window scheme was the 'kinder-symphony', as Wright called it, for the Coonley playhouse (a kindergarten for the children of the owners and those of neighbours). He created a series of more than three dozen windows evoking the balloons, confetti and flags of a passing parade. The balloons charmed the clients although they confessed to finding them 'certainly daring'.

Provenance

Made for the Coonley Playhouse, Riverside, Illinois: removed 1967; Bud Holland Gallery, Chicago Illinois; Mr Thomas S.Monaghan.


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