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Dieter Goldkuhle (1938-2011) was the primary fabricator of the famed stained glass windows in the Washington National Cathedral. Goldkuhle began work on the Cathedral glass in 1966; in addition to fabricating and installing the windows, he was the chief preservationist for more than four decades until his recent death earlier this year. Goldkuhle created more than 60 of the stained glass windows found in the Cathedral, including the most famous: the "Creation" in the West Rose Window. Goldkuhle, a native of Weidenbruck, Germany, also fabricated more than half of the clerestory windows in the Cathedral.
Goldkuhle began work on the Cathedral after meeting Ervin Bossanyi, who created the Wilson Bay window in the Cathedral. Goldkuhle eventually teamed with fellow stained glass artist Rowan LeCompte to complete the "Transfiguration" window (1967). Goldkuhle's work can also be seen in the Duke University Chapel; the the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History and the National Museum of American Art; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Goldkuhle's son, Guido, has followed his father in the field of stained glass fabrication.
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