Max Ingrand Stained Glass

The details of a thing can draw you in like gravity. These stained glass windows seem out of place hanging in the cavernous Washington State Convention and Trace Center. They were literally plucked out of another time and space and hung for public display.

Max Ingrand, Three Stained Glass Windows
Three Stained Glass Windows by Max Ingrand, 1962

Max Ingrand was born in 1908 in Deux-Sèvres, France. During his youth he admired the stained glass windows of Chartres Cathedral which undoubtedly inspired him to study at the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. He graduated in 1927 under the teaching of master glass maker Jacques Gruber. Ingrand became an expert at glass restoration contributed to the reconstruction of churches after the end of World War II.

Ingrand’s three stained glass windows were installed at the entrance of the Seattle Opera House for the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair.

The three pieces are on display on at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, 6th Floor entrance. During daylighthours they are best viewed from inside, or course.

Detail, Max Ingrand stained glass window at Washington State Convention and Trade Center.