Tiffany Windows

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.

Visiting Information

St. Luke’s welcomes visitors who want to experience the beauty of our windows.

Thursday July 4, 2019
Monday September 2, 2019

8:00 am to 11:00 am, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays
from Memorial Day through October 24th, 2018
Live tour guides (volunteer members) are available to share the history of the church with visitors.
This is the best recommended time to visit the church and get the best tours.

Saturday, June 22, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, July 13, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, August 10, 2019 – 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday (except major holidays), with some exceptions
Video tour available online and on site. The sanctuary is normally closed to tours on Saturdays and Sundays, though there are some exceptions. Regular Sunday morning services are held throughout the year, and you are most welcome to join us for worship! See worship times on our home page or in the right column of this site.

GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE: please see the section below on large group tours.

VIDEO TOUR ONLINE (or on site):
Our Video Tour
 is available online and also at the church during windows general visitor hours. The video tour is around 12 minutes long.

A narration about each of the primary figurative windows at St. Luke’s accompanies each individual webpage for those windows. See those links near the bottom of this page. Click on an individual window’s link, and on that page will be an audio player. These narrations were recorded by St. Luke’s tour guides during our Heritage Sunday in 2018.

All tours are FREE of charge. Visitors are encouraged to make a donation to help restore windows still needing maintenance after a century of oxidation and sagging. Large groups are recommended to offer at least $2 per person in your group. Donations are gratefully accepted and used specifically for the restoration, repair, and preservation of the Tiffany Windows. There are still a couple dozen windows in the upper portions of the church that have not been restored, including a few that are sitting in the attic.
Your financial help in restoring and preserving these windows is greatly appreciated!

Parking, Entry, and Accessible Entry

Parking and Entry: Metered parking is available on Main Street & 12th Street. 40 minutes on the meter (50¢) is recommended. Enter either up the stone stairs to the left portico door (left door handle) or enter at the street level door (left door handle) then left and up the stairs inside.

Accessible Entry: Accessible entry is available behind the church in the alley. It is recommended your driver drop you off at the accessible marked door and have your driver park on 12th Street. At the accessible door, press the white call button and someone will enable the accessible entry button. Stand out of the way of the accessible door and press the accessible entry button to open it automatically. Proceed into the church, following the long hallways to the sanctuary (see signs). The elevator is not needed to reach the sanctuary.

Scheduled Large Group Tours (groups of 10 or more)

Windows Guided Tours (for groups of 10 or more):
To schedule a guided tour with one of our volunteer tour guides, groups must be 10 or more people, and may be scheduled for times that are Monday through Friday between 8am and 4pm. To schedule a tour call call (563) 582-4543. Availability dependent on volunteer tour guides.

Historical Information

Information can be found on Wikipedia about Tiffany, Tiffany Glass and stained glass.

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.

Video Tour

Audio Tours

See the links below for information on individual windows. Each of our major figurative windows at St. Luke’s has its own web page, accompanied with an audio narration about the window and the people to whom the windows were dedicated. These narrations were given by St. Luke’s tour guides during our Heritage Sunday in 2018.

The Angel Among the Lilies

  Originally called “the Maiden among the Lilies,” the window above the altar is a Resurrection picture given by the Richardson family in memory of their daughter, Harriet. The face is said to be the likeness of this beautiful young woman who died when she was only 18 years old. The inscription reads, “Blessed are …

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David Set Singers Before The Lord

      The most brilliantly colored of all the windows portray David, King of Israel, clad in richly jeweled robes and crown of gold commanding two youthful bards to sing. The lion in the picture symbolizes David’s bravery as a shepherd boy and the harp shows he was a skilled musician. This window in …

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The Baptism of Christ

In the window depicting the Baptism of Christ, the figures of John the Baptist and Jesus are drawn with rare skill. The irises growing at the edge of the pool of rippling, opalescent water make a vivid artistic touch. This window, installed in 1916, was given by the family of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Chapman, …

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The Good Shepherd

 A masterpiece which has been described as the Twenty-Third Psalm in glass is a  memorial to D. N. Cooley  and his wife, Clara Aldrich Cooley.  This window was  exhibited at the Columbian Exposition in 1893 by the Tiffany Company as its finest  production in glass, and was purchased later for the church by Judge Cooley’s …

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The Ascension of Christ

 The largest window of the group on the north wall portrays Christ in robes of glistening  pearl surrounded by cherubic faces among the clouds. This work was given in memory  of Dr. George M. Staples, by Mrs. Abby Staples and family in 1896.               Heritage Sunday – The Ascension of Christ

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The Angel of Victory

 This window was given by Mrs. Bertha Hancock and family in memory of Mr. John T.    Hancock in 1896.  The winged angel with uplifted hand holding a palm branch stands  against  a background of vividly contrasting colors of the early dawn.  The large vine laden  with purple  grapes is often used to symbolize the …

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Christ and the Children

 The figure of Christ holding a sleeping baby in one arm and with a hand laid in  blessing on a young boy is portrayed with gentle and tender beauty. Mrs. Jennie  Lewis Wales gave this window in honor of her parents, General Warner and  Caroline Lewis in 1916.             Heritage …

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The Good Samaritan

 One of the parables of Jesus is the subject in this window as told in Luke 10:25-  37. It was the first of a proposed series of five on the parables to be placed in the  sanctuary’s east wall. Both in its touching treatment of the subject and its  exquisite and restrained coloring, it is …

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The Job Window

 Above the balcony on the east wall is the largest window, 18 x  15 ft.,  depicting the unknown author of the Book of Job. The  figure holding a  pen and book stands against a landscape of  Palestine with the Dead  Sea in the background. It was given in  memory of Jesse P Farley  whose contributions …

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Misc. Tiffany Windows

 The bottom panels in the sliding doors were gifts from the Social  Union, the Epworth League and memorial panels were donated by the  L.O. Hillyard family, Mrs. Carrie A. Pollock, and Sarah J. Thomas. The  upper row of windows in the sliding doors contain symbols of the early  Church. At each end are the Alpha …

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