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Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN
The new Martin Luther and Johann Sebastian Bach stained glass windows were designed and created by Oakbrook Esser Studios for the Kade Duesenberg German House and Cultural Center on the campus of Valparaiso University. We worked directly with the committee to achieve specific details. Each figure represents a different aspect of the German culture and learning. Luther and Bach, of course, represent theology and music.

The Luther window is inspired by the theme of Luther nailing the ninety-five theses to the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg Cathedral. The dove represents the Holy Spirit and the open book illustrates Luther’s work of translating the Bible into German. In the Bach window the organ and original musical score are accurately depicted as well as the Bach-Siegel family seal and in the upper left corner St. Thomas’s Church in Leipzig known as the town of Bach.

The windows, commissioned in 2000, are each approximately 4' in width by 7' in height.
October 18, 2000

The dedication weekend for the Kade-Duesenberg German House and Cultural Center was an exciting time on campus. On Friday night, a private dinner was hosted at the house which included representatives of the Kade Foundation and the Duesenberg families. After dinner, guests moved to the foyer where they were able to enjoy a brief Bach recital. As you might imagine, everyone was fascinated by the Luther and Bach windows in the foyer. Anyone with a camera wanted a picture taken next to them. Another donor couple even wanted information about who designed the windows and how you could be contacted. So, don't be surprised if you get more calls.

Then, on Saturday, the entire building was open for the dedication. Hundreds of guests attended, including the German ambassador and other guests from Germany. I wish you could have been here. You would have been so pleased to hear all of the superlative comments about the Luther and Bach windows. They are truly magnificent.

Thank you for two beautiful windows and all of ihe work that went into the process. Our committee really enjoyed working with you. And, speaking as one who knew nothing about the stained glass process before this began, I want to say that I now know who to refer people to if they are interested in stained glass. Thanks again for all of your work.

Bonnie Hunter
Assistant Provost for Student Affairs
Valparaiso University


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