St. Luke’s is home to the fifth largest collection of Tiffany Windows in the United States. Every window in the church is a unique work of art.
St. Luke’s welcomes visitors who want to experience the beauty of our windows.
General Windows Visitor Hours:
8:30 am to 11:30 am
12:30 pm to 4:00 pm
Monday through Friday (except Holidays), year round
Guided Tour Hours:
8:00 am to 11:00 am
Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
May through October; guided tours available November through April by appointment only
Large Groups (7+) and Scheduled Tours: Schedule in advance with the church office: (563) 582-4543. Large group tours can be scheduled anytime during General Windows Visitor Hours, but generally we try to schedule them during Guided Tour Hours (8-11, M-F, May-Oct).
Donations: Donations are accepted and used specifically for window restoration, repair, and preservation.
Donations are accepted and are used specifically for window restoration, repair, and preservation. Here is a link to the Bovard Studio who has restored these beautiful windows. They have some incredible photos and a video on how historic stained glass is restored.
Our Tiffany Windows were created by Louis Comfort Tiffany in New York. Mr. Tiffany created his own opalescent glass for his windows with varied colors infused throughout the glass. Through his unique process he was able to sculpt garment folds or water ripples in the glass itself. The faces portrayed in the windows glow with an intense luminosity above the surrounding scenes. The colors are like brilliant gems, changing shades with the angle of vision, the time of day, the weather, and the seasons.
Art Feminella, a Tiffany stained glass expert, described the windows of St. Luke’s in the following words:
“The Tiffany stained glass windows of the Church are the equal of the best found in an ecumenical setting. The studio’s full arsenal of artistic weapons has been unleashed and the resulting barrage of color, light, and line is quite a scene to behold. An extraordinary glass, rippled glass, drapery glass, etched flashed glass, and textured, rolled glass can be seen throughout the opalescent windows. The light floods through openings cut into the blocks of stone, transforming lumps of glass and strips of lead into brilliant jewels of light. The mood is restful, the effect quite spiritual.”
Individual pages for the windows are linked below the video.