I DIDN'T GO to Rock Creek Cemetery, at first, to take pictures of stained glass. My wife Betsy and I wanted to see Saint-Gaudens' statue "Grief," but we went to the wrong cemetery, in Rock Creek Park, near Dumbarton Oaks. After climbing under a hole in the fence and pursuing a vain search for the statue, we went home and bought a copy of James M. Goode's book, The Outdoor Sculpture of Washington, D.C. and found the right cemetery, the oldest one in the city.
Searching the next week, we wandered among the quiet paths and saw quite a few granite and stone mausoleums, most with bronze or iron doors locked shut. Peering between the bars and through very dirty windowpanes set in the foors, we discovered these remarkable stained glass windows.
These pictures were taken on that and succeeding trips, using a tripod and wedging my lens between the bars, right up against the glass.
Based on the richness of the colors, the dates the tombs were built (primarily from 1890 to 1930), and my limited knowledge of stained glass, many of these windows appear to be German, possibly from Dresden.
Whatever their origins, these windows are hidden treasure.