Lunette (semi-circular) stained glass window in wooden frame. Features large thistle plant in green glass within a large blue diamond. The background is formed of of blue and green marbled glass and is bordered by a patterned floral border in blue glass.
This stained glass window was designed by George W. Maher as part of the overall design for the home of Patrick J. King, located at 3234 West Washington Boulevard, completed in 1901.
George Washington Maher was a Chicago architect associated with the Arts and Crafts Movement and the Prairie School design movement. These two interconnected movements created a distinctly American style of design in the 1890s - 1910s; emphasizing natural materials, craftsmanship and harmony with the landscape. Maher developed an individual variation of the style centered on his "motif-rhythm theory" which used a recurring motif throughout decorations and furnishings as a unifying element within his buildings, as demonstrated by this stained glass window. The thistle motif of this window recurred throughout the residence, where similar thistle patterns were visible on floor tiles, plaster trim, wall stencils, and the fireplace. Although the public interest in the Prairie School waned following World War I, Maher's ability to combine elements of the Prairie style with clients more conservative sensibilities gave his residential designs lasting popularity.