Stained Glass Utah Window from U.S. Capitol

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Stained Glass Utah Window from U.S. Capitol


Beehive; Window


Circular stained glass window with leaded metal connections mounted in wooden frame. Window depicts skep beehive on wooden stand in grass with bees flying. Around is red frame with red text below reading "Sept 9th MDCCCL."

This window was removed from the United States Capitol House of Representatives in 1949 during a remodel and transferred to the Historical Society.

Installed around 1907, this work was made on commission by Maria Herndl.
Maria Herndl (1859-1912) was an immigrant from Munich, Germany, who was one of the only women trained at the Royal Art Institute at the time. Before moving to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, she earned prestige doing commissioned work for Bavarian royalty. After training with Louis C. Tiffany in New York City, her stained glass window work won several awards at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago and the 1904 St. Louis World’s Fair.

In correspondence with the Historical Society in 1989, U.S. Capitol architect George White suggested this window was created by Herndl as an additional panel to Johannes Oertel’s decorative stained glass dome “Arms of the State,” installed in 1857. Although not exact, the skep beehive design in the window is based on the Utah state seal created by Harry E. Edwards and adopted by Utah’s legislature in 1896.

Herndl created other works for the United States Capitol, including a stained glass portrait of George Washington in the Senate Chamber dining room.


Herndl, Maria




Utah State Archives


Circa 1900


Utah Division of State History


Copyright All Years. Utah Division of State History. All Rights Reserved.


24 x 24 (in)



Herndl, Maria, “Stained Glass Utah Window from U.S. Capitol,” Utah Folk Arts, accessed April 18, 2024,

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