Monday, January 9, 2012

Passionate About: Historic Finger Lakes Inns and Vintage Stained Glass Windows at 1922 Starkey House Bed & Breakfast Inn

Original stained glass masterpieces that were installed early last century at the vintage 1922 Starkey House do, indeed, captivate your interest at you enter this Craftsman-style bed and breakfast located along the Seneca Lake Wine Trail.

Traditional Tulip pattern stained glass window in dining room of
historic Finger Lakes 1922 Starkey House Bed & Breakfast Inn

The art of making stained glass windows, lamps, and other artifacts dates back in history. Light capturing color is beautiful to the eye and brings a special need for interpretation by the viewer. The assortment, depths of color, clarity, and arrangement used by the artisan creates one-of-a kind perfection. Even when patterns are created, the natural variations within the glass itself disallows perfect repetition.

Stained glass windows were almost always included in the design of the "Arts and Crafts" period architecture which originated in England during the 1860's and moved to America during the late 1800's to around the early 1930's. The design preference is also referred to as "Mission-style" which might refer to the many homes and churches built in the Southwest United States, such as New Mexico and southern California.

Vintage stained glass tulip pattern windows reflect a golden morning sun
in the dining room of historic Finger Lakes
1922 Starkey House Bed & Breakfast 
The style is becoming once again popular and original homes are sought out. Those that were sturdily built with local woods and designed using livable floor plans, simple lines, and provided functional built-ins with hand-crafted appointments. The Arts and Crafts Society site shows pictures of typical rooms and features of this period.
Typical "Fleur" or tulip design on vintage stained glass window
on entrance door of historic Finger Lakes Bed and Breakfast,
1922 Starkey House
I plan to follow this post by writing about more about the historic and vintage "Arts and Crafts" period appointments of 1922 Starkey House. I am passionate about the period's architecture, lighting, woodworking, and furniture. Please feel free to respond to this post with any information you may be able to provide about the history of the period, pictures, or to share any information about your vintage Craftsman-style home to cathy@1922starkeyhouse.com or follow/message me on twitter @1922StarkeyBB.