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The sun still shines on the Frohe Art Glass Works creations

Western New York has been GREGORY With the World’s Fair With the World’s Fair recogni- style he excelled at to a new and
home to some great Ger- WITUL recognition and the tion and the international praise distinctly American style.
man and German American artists. that fallowed, Leo was promoted
Early 20th century photographer taking out a patent for a new tech- international praise that to junior partner of the Buffalo In 1919 Leo passed away and
George Kramer was born in Ger- nique in 1875. fallowed, Leo was promoted Stained Glass Works. As partner, Ferdinand fully took over the
many, as was sculpturer George Leo oversaw windows for the Buf- Glass Works. Ferdinand saw the
M. Hirsch. Famed illustrator Secularly Godfried worked on to junior partner of the falo Catholic churches of St. company through major shifts in
Charles Rohrbach hailed from the Hodge Opera House in Lock- Buffalo Stained Glass Columba in 1891 and St. Louis stained glass, from the rise of
Switzerland, while arguably one of port, personal portraits, and large Church in 1892. In 1895 Leo de- Gothic Revival to the popularity
Buffalo’s most famous painters, natural landscapes of Western Works. cided that with all his experience thick dalle de verre glass. As he
Alexander O. Levy was born in New York. In his work, Godfried and accolades he was ready to run had, Ferdinand’s son Paul began
Bonn, Germany in 1881. made designs for stained glass In 1888, Ferdinand Riester his own company and at 220 working at the studio after serving
windows but never personally exe- built himself a new home in the Broadway the Frohe Art Glass in the Second World War.
While these artists worked in a cuted them. His son Leo on the West Side and asked Leo to make Works was born.
variety of mediums, one family other hand, would not only design a window for him. For his boss, Like his father, Paul E. Frohe
specialized in the ancient art of and execute windows, his work Frohe crafted a secular rendition of With his own studio and estab- was at the cutting edge of stained
stained glass, the Frohes at their would garner Buffalo and his fam- St. Cecelia with two adjoining lished reputation Leo began get- glass styles while still having a
Frohe Art Glass Works. ily international fame. jewel and floral themed windows. ting contracts across Western New skilled hand of the historic forms.
Ferdinand was so impressed with York, from St. Mary’s in Buffalo When the Modern movement be-
A generation before, Leo P. Leo P. Frohe was born in 1851 the window he entered it into the to SS. Peter & Paul in Hamburg gan to take over, mixing glass col-
Frohe opened Frohe Art Glass in Sittard and arrived in America Exposition Universelle, the Paris and St. Vincent de Paul in Attica. ors, less detailed painting, and
Works in 1895, his father arrived with his family 11 years later. World’s Fair of 1889 as part of the Helping him along the way was his more geometrical shapes, such as
in America. Born on the German Studying with his father Leo lived Buffalo Stained Glass Works sub- son, Ferdinand Frohe. Slowly Leo this sample panel of a saint, Paul
border in the Dutch city of Sittard and breathed art his entire early missions. Much to everyone’s sur- began to extract himself from the showed himself to be a master.
in 1827, Godfried L. Frohe trained life. In 1880, this training led to a prise, St. Cecelia was awarded the business, not only was he getting Paul would oversee his family’s
at the Belgian School of Design at position with Buffalo Stained silver medal, a first for an Ameri- older, but tastes in stained glass firm into the 2000s, before retir-
Brussels. In 1861 the artist left Glass Works as Superintendent of can in the distinctly European art. were changing from the Munich ing. Frohe Art Glass Works was
Europe for America and after set- the Art Department. taken over by Alfred "Fred" Mor-
tling in Buffalo, sent for the rest of ley and his Morley Metal Supply.
his family. With the Glass Works, Leo Following his passing in 2010, the
worked with titans of the stained firm was closed and after 115
Living on Broadway, in the glass industry, owner of the studio years Frohe Art Glass Works
heart of Buffalo’s German com- William Booth and Ferdinand passed into history.
munity, Godfried became a well Riester, as well as up and coming
recognized ecclesiastical artist. He artist Otto F. Andrle. Frohe also Published by
was commissioned to create the headed a number of important Buffalo Standard Printing
altarpiece of Our Lady Help of projects for the firm, including
Christians in Cheektowaga, fres- windows for St. Stephen's Church 3620 Harlem Rd.
cos for Immaculate Conception in and the Merchants' Exchange, both Cheektowaga, NY 14215
Rochester and banners for parish of Buffalo.
societies at St. Mary’s in Buffalo. 716-831-8013
Banners became the backbone of
Frohe’s business, an art form he
excelled at and innovated even For Advertising Sales call:
Michelle Kisluk or
Steve Kroczynski

Prosit owner edits April - May 2017 • •3
“A Taste of Heaven”

St. John Gualbert Parish in
Cheektowaga, NY, as part of its
centennial celebration, is publish-
ing “A Taste of Heaven,” a cook-
book featuring recipes from the
community over the last century.

Edited by Janice Schlau, a pa-
rishioner and the owner of the
Prosit Restaurant in Williamsville,
the book represents numerous cat-
egories of food, as the saying goes,
from soup to nuts. Also included
are various secret recipes from the
restaurant. The book is fully in-
dexed, by both recipes and contrib-

The collection has been gath-
ered over the past months, and
includes recipes from parish alum-
ni going back 100 years. Numer-
ous delicacies for more modern
tastes are also included.

All proceeds from the sale of
“A Taste of Heaven,” will support
the St. John Gualbert Centennial.
The cost of the book is $10, and
may be purchased through the rec-
tory (892-5746) or in the newly
restored church after weekend
Masses, 83 Gualbert Avenue at the
corner of Doat, in Cheektowaga
(near Villa Maria).
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