Stained glass has been used for centuries to adorn places of worship. When First Presbyterian Church was designed, the architects chose to use large panels of stained glass to decorate the walls and to allow ample light to fill the room.
The windows were designed by A. J. Andrew of the Kansas City Art Glass Company. Andrew also supervised the installation of the windows. They reflect the style made popular by Louis Comfort Tiffany, who used opalescent art glass in patterns to create the scenes. Very little painting was done on this type of glass. As many as five layers of glass are used to create some of the folds in the robes of the figures.
Each of the windows in the Sanctuary is based on a known religious painting. Mr. Andrew drew his stained glass “cartoons” to create the beautiful depiction of these paintings. The glass was cut from the patterns created by the cartoons. The pieces of glass are held together by lead “cames.”
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