| ||G). The Gambrill Memorial Window. “Come Unto
Me.” Donated in 1924, this chancel window is one of the largest stained glass
windows in the country. Standing 26 feet high and 22 feet wide, the window
contains over 18,000 pieces of glass. Influenced by the work of Louis Comfort
Tiffany, the work was designed by H.B. Hankinson, with figures by artist
Charles Mente of New York.
Based on Matthew 11:28, “Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I
will give you rest.” Christ, with arms outstretched, is surrounded by a multitude yearning for that rest, including a
penitent sinner, a laborer and his ailing wife, a blind man led by his
daughter, a student, a penitent woman, and a wounded warrior.
These twenty-one windows were installed along the north and
south walls of our main sanctuary from 1913 to 1914. The figurative panels were
chosen from catalogs of designs produced by artists of the era.
inserted into an overall stained glass scheme that included decorative
elements, symbolic medallions and a memorial plaque.
1.) The Rev. William
J. Stevenson Window.
Medallion: Ten Commandments.
“The Sermon on the Mount.” Based on Heinrich Hoffmann’s
picture. Jesus teaches the crowds in the Sermon on the Mount.
2.) The Henry S. Goldey Window.
Medallion: The Bible.
“The Resurrection Morn.” Based on the painting by W. Bouquereau. Christ, the conqueror of death.
3.) The Rev. Thomas
F. Plummer Window.
Medallion: Cross on the Solid Rock.
“Suffer Little Children to Come Unto Me.” Based on the
painting by Heinrich Hoffmann. The Master shows His compassion for the
4.) The William H.
Billany, Mary A. Billany Window.
Medallion: Greek letters Chi Ro.
“The Angel with the Trumpet.” Based on a work by William
Reith of Philadelphia.
A symbol for victory.
5.) The Thomas B.
Medallion: Seven-branch Candlestick.
“Christ Walking on the Sea.” From the painting by Heinrich
Hoffmann. Jesus walks calmly upon the surface of the sea to the disciples.
6.) The Sarah A. Wood
“Ruth Gleaning.” Based on the painting by Louis Bruck-Lajos.
Ruth gleaning in the fields of Boaz.
7.) The Henry Evans
Medallion: Cross and Bible.
“Christ the Sower.” Based on a painting by George Hahn.
Christ is portrayed as the Sower in His own parable.
8.) The Robert F.
Robinson, Maria J. Robinson Window.
Medallion: Ark of the Covenant.
“The Angel of Mortality.” From the painting by M. Erlanger.
Symbolizing the 90th Psalm.
9.) The Col. Enoch
Medallion: Noah’s Ark.
“Christ on the Road to Emmaus.” Based on the painting by
Heinrich Hoffmann. Jesus appears to two travelers after His resurrection.
10.) The Rev. Wesley
C. Johnson Window.
“Moses Teaching the Law.” Based on a painting by Julius
Schnoor. Inspired by Exodus 35:1 - Moses assembled
all the congregation of the Israelites and said to them: These are the things that
the Lord has commanded you to do.”
11.) The John Moore
“Christ’s Benediction.” “Peace I
leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world
gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
12.) The Henry F.
“Psalm 116: 17.” Based on the picture by Julius Von
Carolsfield. King David plays the harp
standing upon a palace balcony.
13.) The S. Susanna
Butler, Elias P. Butler Window.
Medallion: Torch and Wreath.
“The Good Shepherd.” Based on the painting by Bernard
Plockhorst. Christ portrayed as the good shepherd.
14.) The Leander F.
“The Angel at the Tomb.” Based on the picture by Bernard
Plockhorst. The angel announcing Christ’s resurrection to the three visiting
15.) The William M.
Medallion: Alpha and Omega.
“The Ascension.” Based on a painting by Gottleib Bierman.
The Savior rising into Heaven.
16.) The Anna J. Wheeler
“The Guardian Angel.” Based on the picture by Heinrich
Hoffman. Artist’s concept of the Guardian Angel.
17.) The Robert B.
“Come Unto Me.” Based on the picture by Koehler Villiandis.
Christ extends an invitation to “all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest.”
18.) The Rebecca W.
“Madonna.” Based on the painting by Cuno Von Bodenhausen.
Artist’s contemporary interpretation of the Virgin Mary and infant Jesus.
19.) The William H.
Curry, Margaret A. Curry Window.
“Christ Knocking at the Door.” Based on the painting by
Heinrich Hoffman. Christ knocks and awaits admittance, to have hearts be opened
and let the King of Glory enter.
20.) The Mr. and Mrs.
Charles S. Robb Window.
Medallion: Sheaf of Grain.
“The Widow’s Mite.” Based on the painting by Gustav Dore.
Based on Christ’s praise of the widow’s offering at the temple: “…she of her
want did cast in all that she had.”
21.) The Mary Jane
Medallion: Light on Book.
“The Light of the World.” Based on the painting by William
Hoffman Hunt. The Savior knocks at the door of the human heart, holding a
lantern of glory for those who heed the call.
The Facade Window
overlooks our sanctuary entrance on West
Street. Its tracery contains windows with 5
lancets and a rose window within a large Gothic arch. The stained glass work
dates from the 1870’s and may have been based on architect Thomas Dixon’s
The Trefoil Window.
This small arched window is the only other window at the Ninth Street balcony level. Its floral
grisaille pattern, known as a rose pattern, is similar in style to the large facade
window. It is a tri-corner Oculus, with a Tudor Rose design. The window design
symbolizes the Trinity.