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Primary Object
Stained Glass Window – Frank Miller pictured as Saint Francis
Artist/Maker
Jessie Van Brunt (1863 – 1947)
Title/Object Name
Frank Miller Memorial Window
Date
Circa 1930-1935
Medium
Glass and lead
Dimensions

Height – 50” Width - 36”

Artifact Descriptions
Mission Inn owner Miller is depicted as St. Francis. Included in Van Brunt’s design are birds in flight and a wolf, images common to the depiction of St. Francis.
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Stained Glass Window – Frank Miller pictured as Saint Francis

Updated: October 14, 2006

or owner Frank Augustus Miller, the Mission Inn was a celebration of California’s Missions.  As “Master of the Inn,” Miller chose to evoke the romance of the Mission Era in his early 20th century idealized version of California’s history. In 1932, he dedicated the Inn’s largest chapel, with the gold Rayas Altar and Louis Comfort Tiffany windows, to Saint Francis of Assisi. Images of St. Francis and Missions founder Father Junipero Serra appeared throughout the hotel. The Mission Inn shield-like escutcheon, designed by artist William Alexander Sharp, welcomed guests with ENTRE, ES SU CASA, AMIGO ("Enter, this is your home, friend"), and included the likenesses of St. Francis, Fr. Serra, a Native American, bells, and crosses. In 1953, five rotating figures were installed at the base of the Anton Clock high above the Spanish Patio:  St. Francis, Fr. Serra, a Native American, a California bear, and explorer Juan Bautista de Anza.

Jessie Van Brunt, a stained glass artist and one-time resident of the Mission Inn, dedicated a stained glass window to Frank Miller with the following inscription, “To Frank Augustus Miller, Master of the Inn, Idealist for International Friendship.” In the window, Van Brunt portrayed Miller as St. Francis. This was not out of character, as Miller would occasionally dress in a padres’ cowl. The window appears in the St. Joseph’s Arcade, adjacent to the St. Francis and St. Cecelia Chapels.
Online Links & Resources

Judson Studios http://www.judsonstudios.com
Stained Glass Association of America http://www.stainedglass.org
Smithsonian Archives of American Art – information of Jessie Van Brunt http://www.aaa.si.edu
http://www.americancatholic.org

Bibliography
  • Klotz, Esther. (1982). The Mission Inn: Its History and Artifacts. Riverside, CA: Rubidoux Printing.
 
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