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Two - Antique Stained Glass Windows - Hartford Train Station - Railroad interest

$399.00 Buy It Now 7d, $35.00 Shipping, 14-Day Returns

Seller: capecodchip (358) 100%, Location: East Greenwich, Rhode Island, Ships to: US, Item: 201453990094 <div style="text-align:center"><img src="http://ti2.auctiva.com/sw/java.gif" border="0"><br><table align="center"><tr><td height="28px" valign="middle" align="center"><font face="arial" size="2"><b><a href="http://emporium.auctiva.com/Capecodchip" target="_blank">Capecodchip store</a></b></font></td><td><a style="text-decoration:none" href="http://emporium.auctiva.com/Capecodchip" target="_blank"><img src="http://ti2.auctiva.com/sw/thumbgallery.gif" border="0"></a></td></tr></table></div> Increase traffic to your listing with Auctiva's FREE Scrolling Gallery. You are bidding on two (2) antique stained glass widows. The windows were reportedly salvaged from the Hartford, CT train station, well over a century ago. I believe the windows date to the razing/reconstruction of the original Hartford train depot, in 1886. I have seen blurry photos which would confirm the size and shape of these domed window "toppers." However,the station was reconstructed in 1889 by head architect George Keller (to Henry Hobson Richardson design)...and then again was totally rebuilt in 1914, following a devastating fire which destroyed most of the building. So, in fact, the windows may have been salvaged from the 1889-1914 train station, at the time of the second reconstruction. The windows require more research...the photos are out there. The windows measure c. 21" L, 18" H (top of dome). The windows are not housed in a wooden frames. Condition report: Generally excellent. There are a few hairline cracks, which are minimally noticeable, and do not, in my opinion. detract from the beauty of the stained glass. The colors of the stained glass are numerous, rich and complementary. Please use the high-definition photographs to make your own assessment of condition/esthetic appeal of the windows. Provenance: As reported by the well-respected auction house, the windows came from a Watch Hill, RI, old family estate. Since I do not (yet) have photographic evidence of the windows in situ in the Hartford Railway Depot, I am going to price them quite attractively at simply their attributed, antique/esthetic value. If/when I find firm evidence of the windows having come from the train station...well, at that point I will raise the price of the windows by $1000, to reflect their extreme collectability. Shipping will be a flat $35 for Priority Mail delivery; the windows will be sent in a protective box. They will be fully insured, and sent with signature confirmation required. I will also offer FREE concierge delivery up to 50 miles from 02818. Local pick-up always available. Any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.Additional photographs supplied upon request. Thank you for looking at this listing...and please take a peek at some of my other Railroad related listings. Additional published info: "To better accommodate the needs of the city, a new Union Station—considered the largest and most expensive one in the state—was opened to the public in 1889. The older depot had become crowded, and city leaders complained about congestion since the tracks were at-grade with the streets. Local architect George Keller conceived of a plan to elevate the tracks over downtown thoroughfares and construct a modern passenger rail facility to the side. The actual design contract was awarded to the well-known Boston firm of Shepley, Rutan, and Coolidge. They had taken over the firm headed by Henry Hobson Richardson upon his death in 1886. In time, work by Richardson and his followers was referred to as “Richardsonian Romanesque”—characterized by squat, compact buildings usually constructed with unfinished stone in dark red, tan, brown, and gray hues. The asymmetrical compositions were often pierced by deep-set, round arches reminiscent of Medieval Romanesque structures found in Europe; polychrome decoration was also a common feature. Hartford Union Station consists of a center block three stories high flanked by recessed two story wings to the north and south. Originally, the center block was capped by a dramatically steep hipped roof above the row of large arched windows on the ground floor. A series of five dormer windows with gabled fronts and Gothic detailing overlooked Union Place. After the station was severely damaged in a 1914 fire, it was rebuilt and modified by architect Frederick Mellor, who added the full third story and a flat, fireproof roof. As their principal material, the architects employed rock-faced brownstone quarried in Portland, Conn. that was laid in a random ashlar pattern. The large blocks emphasized the building’s solidity, and alluded to the strength of the New Haven. As the sun works its way through the sky, the stone’s rough surface creates a play of shadow and light across the façade. The station’s visual weight is punctured by the row of nine closely spaced, giant round-arch windows that run across the ground floor, with the middle one outfitted with double doors to allow access to the two story waiting room. The robust load bearing arches reveal some of the building’s structure while the large expanses of glass allow ample sunlight to flood the interior. Above the top edge of the arches, what appears to be a belt course with modillions is actually the former cornice line that marked the transition to the hipped roof. Repurposed in the post-fire reconstruction, it brings attention to the third story arched windows; the central one contains a stone panel carved with the year “1914.” Above these windows, Mellor added a wide belt course with an ornate foliate design carved in high relief. From it, a parapet rises a few feet to hide the roof. To the sides, the gabled roofs of the wings were rebuilt, and they are covered in tile; small shed dormers allow light into the attic. At the far corners of the main elevation, the wings terminate in octagonal towers with stone turrets and finials. The airy, open waiting room once contained ticket offices for the two railroads sharing the station: the New Haven and the New York and New England. Four staircases on the back wall lead to the platforms which are about 12 feet higher than the ground floor. Above the central platform door, a tile mural depicts the city seal flanked by symbols of the New Haven’s past and future: steam and electric locomotives. The railroad was a leader in electrification efforts, and was proud to showcase its innovative and modern spirit. The southern wing had eateries on the ground floor and at the platform level, and a dumbwaiter allowed items to be easily sent between the two areas. Baggage rooms and parcel express offices were located on both stories of the northern wing. Hydraulic lifts could move a loaded baggage cart between levels. The second floor also had offices for the New York and New England Railroad and a room for the trainmen. Running along the platform, a wide sloping canopy is supported by oversized metal brackets with circular insets and scrollwork designs. Large lunette windows provide views into the waiting room below." Condition: Generally very good. Particularly good for age. All glass present. Minor hairline cracks.

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