G. Owen Bonawit (1891–1971) was an artist whose studio created thousands of pieces of stained glass for Yale, Duke, Northwestern, and Southeast Missouri State universities; Connecticut College; Bethesda By The Sea Episcopal Church in Palm Beach, Florida[1] and at private homes. There are, by one count, 887 pieces in Yale's Sterling Memorial Library. Bonawit worked often and closely with the architect James Gamble Rogers. His career peaked around 1930; his last major commission was in 1940.


Yale University



  1. ^ Verified by first hand observation (on 10 Dec 2010) of the windows in the church. Photographs of Mr. Bonawit's makers mark / signature on two of the windows (dated 1927 and 1939, respectively) have been added to the gallery as evidence.
  2. ^ "Art Library". northwestern.edu. 
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-29. Retrieved 2008-12-06. 
  4. ^ "About Kent Library". semo.edu. 

Further reading

  • Walker, Gay. Bonawit, Stained Glass, and Yale: G. Owen Bonawit's Work at Yale University & Elsewhere, Wildwood Press, 2002.
  • Walker, Gay. Stained Glass in Yale’s Sterling Memorial Library: A Guide to the Decorative Glass of G. Owen Bonawit, Wildwood Press, 2006.
  • Walker, Gay. "Brilliance All Around", illustrated talk for Yale University Library's 75th Anniversary, 2006.