Note that the museum and the Mill’s gallery and exhibitions are currently closed in accordance with guidance on Covid-19 from the Town of Arlington Department of Health and Human Services. 


March 25, 2021    7 pm

A Virtual Talk:  Johannes Kirchmayer of Bavaria & Arlington: Master Wood Carver

Self Portrait by Johannes Kirchmayer (1860-1930)

On Thursday March 25 at 7 pm, the Old Schwamb Mill in Arlington will present a virtual talk Johannes Kirchmayer of Bavaria & Arlington: Master Wood Carver presented by Doreen Stevens, a local historian and member of the Old Schwamb Mill Board of Directors. 

Johannes Kirchmayer (1860-1930) was the leading architectural woodcarver of his era. Although he contributed to secular projects, his fame rests largely on his ecclesiastical work. From the 1890s to the 1920s, architect Ralph Adams Cram graced America’s urban landscape with magnificent gothic revival churches. Much of that magnificence was due to the artistry of associated craftsmen, Kirchmayer included. Born in Bavaria and heir to the region’s strong tradition of woodcarving, Kirchmayer also studied in a number of European cities before immigrating to New York in 1880, finally settling in Boston. Allied with important design firms in New York and Boston, Kirchmayer flourished both professionally and privately. A man of strong ideals, he was a founding member of the Boston Society of Arts and Crafts in 1897 and frequently contributed pieces to their exhibitions. In 1896 Johannes Kirchmayer married Frances LeClair, and they moved to a home on Crescent Hill Avenue in the Arlington Heights Crescent Hill neighborhood. He thrived in his new setting, becoming a community leader. Kirchmayer, his wife, and his infant son are buried in Arlington’s Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Old Schwamb Mill is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Johannes Kirchmayer of Bavaria and Arlington: Master Wood Carver
Time: Mar 25, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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In the Mill’s Gallery:

In the Spirit of the Dutch Golden Age: Still Life Photography by Brian Maguire

Photographer Brian Maguire photo of Tulips

The exhibit will remain up through April 24, 2021 — we hope to safely reopen to the public before that time.

This show is an extraordinary collection of Brian Maguire’s work, which is reminiscent of the warm, vibrant paintings by the Dutch master painters.


The Old Schwamb Mill sponsors a wide variety of programs and events for both adults and children, including Music at the Mill performances, arts and crafts for kids, open houses, lecture, and much more.