Stain Glass Windows

The memorial windows of First Presbyterian Church are beautiful reproductions of thirteenth century designs. In antique glass, rich in coloring and intricate in design, they are a beautiful memorial to former members of the church. 

The Nativity 

At the left of the pulpit is a three-paneled window depicting the Nativity. The central panel shows the Madonna and Child. At the left are the shepherds and at the right the Wise Men. Above in the conventional tracery top are two smaller panels depicting St. Michael and the Angel Gabriel. 


Christ and the Children 

There is a similar three-paneled window to the right of the pulpit showing Christ blessing the little children. St. Uriel and St. Raphael are in the upper panels. 


The Life of Christ 

In two groups of three windows, the left and right sides depict the life of Christ. The left group depicts spiritual crises including the baptism, Christ before Pontius Pilate and the resurrection. The group on the right typifies the Savior in His relation to man. These windows include Christ calling Peter and Andrew, Christ in the home and Christ healing the sick. 

Te Deum 

The great north window, the Te Deum window, is a magnificent piece of work. A massive grouping has been used in this window with 32 figures in the five tall panels. On a scroll at the base is the quotation from the "Te Deum." 

"The glorious company of the Apostles praise thee." 

Above this inscription are the figures of the apostles and the prophets. Filling the upper panels are the angelic host. This window measures 26 by 12 feet. and originally cost approximately $10,000. 

Greek Symbols 

In the left and right balconies sit two clerestory windows of conventional design with tracery tops. These windows show the full beauty of the antique glass. A deep, clear blue predominates with jeweled tones in crimson, amethyst, jade and topaz. 

Symbols of Christianity 

There are twelve small windows in the church and vestibule, and these are filled with panels bearing symbols of Christianity. These include: the cross, crown, lamp, chalice, harp, Ten Commandments, open Bible, sheaf of wheat, anchor, fleur-de-lis, dove and torch. 

Making the Stained Glass Windows 

The work of the windows was directed by George Luther of Payne Studios from Patterson, New Jersey. The windows were dedicated in 1928. 

Thousands of bits of glass, from 18-inch squares to tiny medallions, hardly an inch in diameter are assembled and fitted to the dimensions of the frame. The window frames are Gothic with ornamental top, and minute measurements were necessary to insure accurately fitting windows. The Payne Studios sent a special representative to take measurements. Each segment of glass was cut to fit, cemented with wax to its place and the color applied by hand. In making the so-called antiqued glass, the color is fired into the glass, which is heated to the melting point and then slowly cooled in the kiln. The result is a varying tint and hue which gives the peculiar jewel-like quality to the finished product. The designs are reproduced from thirteenth and fourteenth century windows in the cathedrals of Europe. They are authentic in drawing and admirably adapted to the Gothic style.The memorial windows of First Presbyterian Church are beautiful reproductions of thirteenth century designs. In antique glass, rich in coloring and intricate in design, they are a beautiful memorial to former members of the church.