Snell-Hitchcock windows. (Photography by Avi Schwab, SB’03)

Let it glow

As daylight dwindles, cut out paper-bag luminarias inspired by windows on campus to light your way home this winter.

Avi Schwab’s (SB’03) snowy photo of the windows of Snell-Hitchcock makes us feel warm just looking at it. To share that inner glow and soften the long winter nights lurking around the corner (at least for those of us in the northern hemisphere), the Magazine offers patterns for paper-bag luminarias that pay homage to UChicago architecture. All you need are some bags, an X-Acto knife, a magic marker, and a little time. In addition to the Snell-Hitchcock luminaria window pattern, you’ll find designs inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and the Logan Center for the Arts.

Go ahead—light up the night.

Snell Hitchcock Luminaria
Download the Snell-Hitchcock pattern and instructions (pdf)
Robie House Luminaria
Download the Robie House pattern and instructions (pdf)
Logan Center Luminaria
Download the Logan Center pattern and instructions (pdf)