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Richmond’s Tiffany Stained Glass Tour a National Art Treasure

North Tiffany Window at Richmond's Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church

I love stained glass, especially Tiffany, and I love old architecture, so I was thrilled when I heard I was to visit one of the sites on our new Tiffany Stained Glass Trail tour in Richmond, as part of my training at the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau. Before starting my new job as Communication/PR Coordinator, I had heard there were Tiffany windows here, but I didn’t realize Richmond is home to a “National Art Treasure”, a whole collection of Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows, all within a five-block area.

While there are only a handful of churches in the country that can claim to have all Tiffany windows, all 62 windows and the interior of the Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church, at 1004 N. “A” Street in downtown Richmond, were entirely designed by the Tiffany studio. Before I had even entered the sanctuary and viewed the glass windows, I was struck by the beauty of the church’s vestibule, with the tiled floors, marble base boards, intricately carved woodwork and doors, and brass hardware.

South Tiffany Window at Richmond's Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church

The sanctuary is breathtakingly beautiful, with tall stained glass windows on three sides, and a gigantic pipe organ at the front. It is difficult to know what to look at first: the vaulted ceiling and huge chandelier, the towering organ, or the rich colors and details of the windows. Although it was a cloudy day, the glass surrounding the figure of Jesus in the north and south windows glowed yellow, as if a bright light was shining through. I can only imagine how beautiful and awe-inspiring the windows must be on a sunny Sunday morning, when music from the pipe organ is vibrating the space within the church. Such a touching memorial to Daniel and Anna Gray Dougan Reid, the parents of Daniel Reid who had the church built in 1904-1906.

My brief visit to the church left me wanting to visit the other four sites on the Tiffany Stained Glass Trail very soon: the “Resurrection Window” at the First Presbyterian Church at 100 N. 10th Street, “The Angel of the Resurrection” window at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church at 800 N. “A” Street, and windows at Morrisson-Reeves Library, which depict the German printer Gutenberg and his press and other printers. This tour is self-guided and available year-round, free of charge. Information about scheduling the tours is on our Tiffany Stained Glass Trail brochure, which can be found here (pdf). Or for more information visit the Wayne County Convention & Tourism Bureau’s website or give them a call at 800.828.8414.

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Written by : Clare Seffrin Bond, a writer, life coach and marketing specialist, lives and works in Richmond, Indiana. A native of Wayne County, Clare enjoys exploring the historical sites of the area, as well as the many new locations offering excellent cuisine and live music. theroadtoclarity.com