For those who may not be familiar with modern technology, an "Easter Egg" is a hidden message contained in a computer program, video game, movie or book.
Messages have been hidden in buildings, statues and works of art for centuries. Ask Dan Brown, who has made a fortune looking for, and figuring out (rightly or wrongly) messages(real or imagined) in religious art and architecture centuries, if not, millennia old.
For several years, I have attended Masses at the Felician Sisters Central Convent Chapel in Livonia. That beautiful church was opened in 1936 when the Sisters moved their Mother House from Canfield and St. Aubin in Detroit to the wilds of Livonia. Included in the chapel are many highly detailed stained-glass windows. The most I have been able to learn about the stained-glass windows is that the numerous panels are intended to depict various incidents from the Bible.
For several years, I have tried to find out who designed the Felician campus. None of my efforts, which I have written about previously on this site, have met with success. Even the good Sisters don't seem to know.
Back in the early part of the 20th century, one of Detroit's leading architectural firms was Donaldson and Meier. The company designed scores of churches and schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Donaldson and Meier also built many commercial buildings, offices and residences during the same period. One of its greatest achievements was the David Stott building, pictured below, located in downtown Detroit. The Stott building, built in the Art Deco style, opened in 1929, a half dozen or so years before the Mother House was completed.
I will now try to bring together these seemingly unrelated items into my theoretical "Easter Egg".
Compare the stained-glass panel, shown below, which I presume is intended to show the Tower of Babel, with the picture of the David Stott building. To me, at least, they look remarkably similar.
Was the Donaldson and Meier firm trying to sign its work on the chapel with a stained-glass miniature of its newly constructed office tower?
I have tried to prove or disprove my little Dan Brown conspiracy theory for nearly a year. The Donaldson and Meier firm is long closed. The Felician Sisters don't know the answer and, frankly, don't seem much interested. Right now, I no longer wish to know whether I'm right or whether I'm wrong. I'd prefer to continue believing in the Easter Bunny.