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St. Gabriel the Archangel
Architects: Adolf F. and Arthur Stauder, 1950

Stained Glass: Emil Frei Stained Glass Co.
Design: Siegfried Reinhardt, clerestory windows; Milton Frenzel, transcept windows

Two contrasting but complementary styles fill the windows here. In the lower windows, along the two fan-shaped wings, three sets of windows portray "significant events in the lives of Jesus and Mary, referred to in the Rosary as the Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, and the Glorious Mysteries", per the church's website. Shades of blue predominate.

The upper windows, in tones of white and gold, depict what the site calls an "angelic choir", but the artifacts held in the hands of each figure (keys, a chalice, a crown of thorns) are commonly used as the symbols of particular saints. The nearly-identical figures stand against a gridded field, surrounded by abstract grapevines.

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