NCCSAH is planning a tour of San Francisco churches to view their stained glass and learn the history of American glass from the 1880′s to World War I. We’ve chosen six buildings that represent a broad spectrum of American glass: St John’s Presbyterian, St Mark’s Lutheran, First Unitarian Universalist, Trinity Episcopal, Calvary Presbyterian, and the Sherith Israel synagogue. Many of the windows are excellent examples of the various styles. We will also learn about the church buildings themselves, as all are architecturally important, some done by well-known architects such Albert Pissis and A. Page Brown.
Because of the difficulty in parking near many of the churches, we will meet at the CPMC garage on Clay St (between Fillmore & Webster) at 9:30 am, Saturday, 2 June. The hospital garage offers loads of parking on Saturday at a discounted rate. A bus will take us to the various churches in the morning, and then we will enjoy box lunches at Alta Plaza Park. After lunch we’ll walk a block to Calvary Presbyterian, and then to Sherith Israel, where the tour will end at about 4 pm. The final stop on the tour is only two blocks from the hospital garage, making it easy for drivers to return to their cars. We will likely have a reception afterward at a private home four blocks away.
We will send out a much more detailed description of the tour, but be sure to save that Saturday, June 2. Cost will be $35/person for members, $45 for nonmembers. Much of that cost will go to the bus rental. We are limited to 30 people. If you want to reserve early, send your check now (made out to NCCSAH) to Ward Hill, 3124 Octavia, #102, San Francisco, 94123.