Howard, Len R.

Howard, Len (1891-1987)

Len Howard was born in England in 1891. In London he was an apprentice for six years at James Powell and Sons, one of England’s larger stained glass companies. He also attended St. Martins and the Camberwell Art School in London. In 1913 he moved to America and became a citizen. When war broke out, Howard enlisted in the camouflage corps in the U.S. Army. Upon returning to the U.S., he worked for Gorham Company in New York and attended the Art Students League in New York. He joined the New York Society of Art Craftsmen and served as its president. He moved to Kent, Connecticut in 1922.  Under the WPA Federal Arts Project, Howard completed one stained glass work, American Literature, for New Milford High School. His stained glass work is installed in buildings across the country. He lived with his wife in Kent well into the late 70s. Howard died in August of 1987 in Arkansas.

 Sources: WPA Artist’s Work Card; WPA Biography; Who Was Who in American Art (1985), p. 295; AskART; Social Security Death Index; Cliff Knight, “Len Howard Creates Windows of Lasting Beauty,” Hartford Courant, May 3, 1953; Lew Golden, “Master Glassman Upholds Tradition,” Hartford Courant, July 2, 1978; “Glass Artisan Honored,” Hartford Courant, April 8, 1979.

Len R. Howard

Works of Art Listed in CT Archives’ database from Len Howard:

American Literature: stained glass
Howard, Len R