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Saturday Sampler Tour | Newberry Hall and the Tiffany Window

Space on the tour is limited to 30 participants. Please register by emailing
Saturday, April 20, 2019
2:00-3:00 PM
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"I've always wondered what was in this building" is a common refrain from visitors to the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology. Completed in 1891, Newberry Hall is one of the oldest buildings on the University of Michigan campus. Join us on a guided walk through this Richardsonian Romanesque building and learn about its architecture and fascinating history.

The highlight of the tour is an up-close view of the glorious Tiffany stained-glass window in the Kelsey Museum library. Julia Truettner, U-M preservationist and building historian, describes the window as follows:

"The Fox memorial window utilizes many kinds of glass, including roundels and chunks or nuggets, as well as plated layers, to produce a range of colors from rich claret and deep sapphire to greens, golds, and lighter shades of pinks, yellows, and blues. The abstract design incorporates not only geometric forms but also floral and vegetable motifs, such as the green pods around the perimeter and the petal-like forms at the bottom, which embrace the panels naming the honorees. These forms, plus the medallion at the top with its floral images surrounded by roundels, hint at Tiffany's coming mastery of landscape, figural, and ecclesiastical designs."

Space on the tour is limited to 30 participants. Please register by emailing

Saturday Sampler tours are free and open to all visitors. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to attend this tour, please contact the education office (734-647-4167) at least two weeks in advance. We ask for advance notice as some accommodations may require more time for the University to arrange.
Building: Kelsey Museum of Archaeology
Event Type: Other
Tags: Architecture, Art, Museum, Tour
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