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First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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The meaning of the site and item attributes is explained in the glossary.

Site Id: 33.29.3
Rating: 2 stars
Address: 35 West Chelten Avenue
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19144, USA
Lat/Lng: 40.03544, -75.17569
Tiffany 1910: Page 97 and 102
Duncan 1980: Page 220 and 221
Tiffany 1897: Page 61
Tiffany 1893: Not listed
Tiffany 1886: Not listed
Tiffany/Duncan comment: Tiffany 1910 lists the church twice, once under Germantown, and once under Philadelphia (Germantown), as it appears in Tiffany 1897 [TIFF1897, TIFF1910, DUNC1980]
Completeness: High
Building status: Extant
Building date: 1888-1892 [ORG]
Architect: James Hamilton Windrim [HIST1909]
Also of interest: Windows by Willet [CENS1992]

Site Items

33.29.3.1: Henry Memorial Window: Rebecca at the Well (Extant)
33.29.3.2: Henry Memorial Window: Ascension (1908) (Extant)
33.29.3.3: Henry Memorial Window: Light of World, and Victory and Peace (Extant)
33.29.3.4: Knox and Chichester Memorial Window: They Shall Receive a Crown of Glory (1904) (Extant)
33.29.3.5: Henry Memorial Window: ornamental rose window (1902) (Extant)
33.29.3.6: Dennisson Memorial Window: Angel of the Resurrection (1912) (Extant)
33.29.3.7: Dennisson Memorial Window: Seascape with Ghostly Ship (Extant)

Item 33.29.3.1

Glossary (of terms) and References (as found in square brackets [...])

Status: Extant [PHOTO]
Confidence: High
Memorial name: Henry Memorial Window
Theme: Rebecca at the Well [TIFF1897, TIFF1910, DUNC1980]
Tiffany 1910: Page 102
Duncan 1980: Page 221
Tiffany 1897: Page 61
Signature:
Other documentation:
Record type: Window
Designer:
Memorial details: Thomas Charlton Henry (20 Apr 1828 - 31 Aug 1890) and Mary Elizabeth Jackson Henry (13 Nov 1829 - 7 May 1885) [INSCRIPTION, CENS1992, FINDAGRAVE]
Donor: their children [INSCRIPTION, CENS1992]
Date:
Size: 12' high x 4'5" wide [CENS1992]
Lancets: 1 [PHOTO, CENS1992]
Inscription: In Memory of / T. Charlton Henry / Born April 20 1828 - Died August 31 1890 / and / Mary E. Henry / Born November 13 1829 - Died May 7 1885 / Given by their children [PHOTO, CENS1992]
Category: Rebecca
Census Id: R7

Item 33.29.3.2

Glossary (of terms) and References (as found in square brackets [...])

Status: Extant [PHOTO]
Confidence: High
Memorial name: Henry Memorial Window
Theme: Ascension [TIFF1910, DUNC1980]
Tiffany 1910: Page 97
Duncan 1980: Page 220
Tiffany 1897: Not listed
Signature: none seen [CENS1992]
Other documentation: [PB1908, NYEP1908, WEST1908, NYO1908A, NYO1908B]
Record type: Window
Designer: Frederick Wilson [CENS1992]
Memorial details: Charles Wolcott Henry (13 Apr 1852 - 23 Nov 1903) [INSCRIPTION, WEST1908, NYO1908B, CENS1992, FINDAGRAVE]
Donor: John T. Henry, Bayard Henry, Mrs. Lewis W. Wister, and Rev. Alexander Henry [CENS1992]
Date: Donated 1907 [CENS1992]
Exhibited ca. Apr 1908 [PB1908, NYEP1908, NYO1908A]
Unveiled Easter Sunday, 19 Apr 1908 [WEST1908]
Size: 15' high x 10'6" wide [CENS1992]
Lancets: 3 [PHOTO, CENS1992]
Inscription: 1852 - IN MEMORIAM CHARLES WOLCOTT HENRY - 1903 [PHOTO, CENS1992]
Category: Ascension
Restoration: Restored 2005-2006 by Mezalick Design Studio [MEZ2012]
Tiffany/Duncan comment: Tiffany 1910 calls this the "Bayard Henry Memorial Window" because he was one of the donors and likely the person who organised the window with the Tiffany company [TIFF1910, DUNC1980, DEDUCED]
Census Id: L101

Item 33.29.3.3

Glossary (of terms) and References (as found in square brackets [...])

Status: Extant [PHOTO]
Confidence: High
Memorial name: Henry Memorial Window
Theme: Light of World, and Victory and Peace [TIFF1910, DUNC1980]
Christ Knocking [CENS1992]
Tiffany 1910: Page 97
Duncan 1980: Page 220
Tiffany 1897: Not listed
Signature: none seen [CENS1992]
Other documentation:
Record type: Window
Designer:
Memorial details: John Snowden Henry (9 Sep 1795 - 10 Dec 1835), Elizabeth Bayard Henry (4 Sep 1797 - 28 Mar 1881) and Theodosia Bayard Henry (17 Oct 1830 - 4 May 1900) [CENS1992]
Donor: John T. Henry [CENS1992]
Date:
Size: each pane 9'7" high x 2'9" wide [CENS1992, DEDUCED]
Lancets: 3 [PHOTO, CENS1992]
Inscription: In Memory of / Theodosia Bayard Henry / Born Oct 17, 1830 - Died May 4, 1900 // John Snowden Henry / Born Sept 9, 1795 - Died Dec 10, 1835 // In Memory of / Elizabeth Bayard Henry / Born Sept 4, 1797 - Died Mar 28, 1881 [CENS1992]
Category: Christ Knocking at the Door; Victory; Peace
Tiffany/Duncan comment: Tiffany 1910 calls this the "Bayard Henry Memorial Window" and possibly he was the person who organised the window with the Tiffany company [TIFF1910, DUNC1980, DEDUCED]
Comment: The 1992 Census dates the window to 1919 but it is listed in Tiffany 1910 [CENS1992, TIFF1910]
Census Id: F100

Item 33.29.3.4

Glossary (of terms) and References (as found in square brackets [...])

Status: Extant [PHOTO]
Confidence: High
Memorial name: Knox and Chichester Memorial Window (Henry Memorial Window)
Theme: They Shall Receive a Crown of Glory [TIFF1910, DUNC1980]
Victory of Life [CENS1992]
Tiffany 1910: Page 97
Duncan 1980: Page 220
Tiffany 1897: Not listed
Signature: none seen [CENS1992]
Other documentation:
Record type: Window
Designer:
Memorial details: Rev. James Hall Mason Knox (10 Jun 1824 - 21 Jan 1903) and Rev. William James Chichester (20 Oct 1849 - 23 Mar 1903) [HIST1909, CENS1992, FINDAGRAVE]
Donor: Charles Wolcott Henry [HIST1909]
Date: Dedicated 15 May 1904 [HIST1909, CENS1992]
Size: 15' high x 10'6" wide [CENS1992]
Lancets: 1 [PHOTO, CENS1992]
Inscription: IN MEMORY OF REV. JAMES H. MANSON KNOX DD / SEPTEMBER 1853 TO JULY 1869 / AND REV. WILLIAM J. CHICHESTER DD + MARCH 1880 TO OCTOBER 1885 // I HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT, / I HAVE FINISHED MY COURSE, / I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH. [CENS1992]
Category: Righteous Shall Receive a Crown of Glory
Tiffany/Duncan comment: Tiffany 1910 calls this the "Charles W. Henry Memorial Window" because he was the donor [TIFF1910, DUNC1980, DEDUCED]
Comment: Rev. Knox was the (second) father-in-law of Louis C. Tiffany [FINDAGRAVE]
Census Id: R101

Item 33.29.3.5

Glossary (of terms) and References (as found in square brackets [...])

Status: Extant [PHOTO]
Confidence: High
Memorial name: Henry Memorial Window
Description: ornamental rose window [TIFF1910, DUNC1980]
Tiffany 1910: Page 97
Duncan 1980: Page 220
Tiffany 1897: Not listed
Signature:
Other documentation:
Record type: Window
Designer:
Memorial details:
Donor: Charles Wolcott Henry [ORG]
Date: Donated 1902 [ORG]
Size: about 13' in diameter [HIST1909]
12' in diameter [MEZ2012]
Inscription: none [PHOTO, ORG]
Category: Ornamental; Rose Window
Restoration: Restored 2002 by Mezalick Design Studio [MEZ2012]
Tiffany/Duncan comment: Tiffany 1910 calls this the "Charles W. Henry Memorial Window" because he was the donor [TIFF1910, DUNC1980, DEDUCED]
Comment: The window was hidden from view by an organ from 1919 until 2002 [ORG]
This is presumably why it was not listed in the 1992 Census [CENS1992, DEDUCED]

Item 33.29.3.6

Glossary (of terms) and References (as found in square brackets [...])

Status: Extant [PHOTO]
Confidence: High
Memorial name: Dennisson Memorial Window
Theme: Angel of the Resurrection [CENS1992]
Tiffany 1910: Not listed
Duncan 1980: Not listed
Tiffany 1897: Not listed
Signature: TIFFANY STUDIOS / NEW YORK [CENS1992]
Other documentation:
Record type: Window
Designer: probably Frederick Wilson [TIFF1896, DEDUCED]
Designer comment: Tiffany 1896 credits Wilson as the designer of a similar composition for the angel [TIFF1896]
Memorial details: Samuel Godshalk Dennisson (16 Jan 1833 - 19 Oct 1910) [INSCRIPTION, CONT1912, YEAR1913, CENS1992, FINDAGRAVE]
Donor: his wife, Margaretta Bechtel Dennisson, their son, Walter Dennisson and friends [CENS1992, HIST1912]
Date: Unveiled 3 Nov 1912 [YEAR1913, CENS1992]
Size: 12' high x 4'4" wide [CENS1992]
Lancets: 1 [PHOTO, CENS1992]
Inscription: 1833 // TO THE GLORY OF GOD IN MEMORY OF / SAMUEL G DENNISSON // 1910 [PHOTO, CENS1992]
Category: Angel of Resurrection
Census Id: L10

Item 33.29.3.7

Glossary (of terms) and References (as found in square brackets [...])

Status: Extant [PHOTO]
Confidence: High
Memorial name: Dennisson Memorial Window
Theme: Seascape with Ghostly Ship [CENS1992]
Tiffany 1910: Not listed
Duncan 1980: Not listed
Tiffany 1897: Not listed
Signature: Louis C. Tiffany N.Y. [CENS1992]
Other documentation:
Record type: Window
Designer:
Memorial details: Margaretta Bechtel Dennisson (1833-1920) [INSCRIPTION, CENS1992]
Donor:
Date: ca. 1920? [CENS1992]
Size: 12'6" high x 4'6" wide [CENS1992]
Lancets: 1 [PHOTO, CENS1992]
Inscription: Sunset and evening star, / And one clear call for me. / And may there be no moaning of the bar / When I put out to sea. Tennyson // To the Glory of God / and In Loving Memory of / Margaretta Bechtel Dennisson / 1833 - 1920 [PHOTO, CENS1992]
Category: Seascape
Tiffany/Duncan comment: Duncan 1980 has a photo of the window on p. 175 [DUNC1980]
Census Id: L11

References

CENS1992: Census of Stained Glass Windows in America, Joe Beyer (16 Apr 1992)
CONT1912: The Continent (14 Nov 1912, p. 1620)
DEDUCED: Deduced from other information
DUNC1980: Tiffany Windows, Alastair Duncan (1980)
FINDAGRAVE: Findagrave.com, for deducing biographical or genealogical information
HIST1909: History of the First Presbyterian church in Germantown, Joseph Frederic Dripps (1909, p. 52-53, 66)
HIST1912: Philadelphia, A History of the City and its People, a Record of 225 Years, Ellis Paxson Oberholtzer (1912, p. 611)
INSCRIPTION: Inscription on item
MEZ2012: Mezalick Design Studio website (1 Apr 2012)
NYEP1908: New York Evening Post (18 Apr 1908, p. 8)
NYO1908A: The New York Observer (23 Apr 1908, p. 540)
NYO1908B: The New York Observer (16 Jul 1908, p. 72)
ORG: Organization
PB1908: The Presbyterian Banner (16 Apr 1908, p. 1494)
PHOTO: Photo of item
TIFF1886: Announcement in American Architect and Building News, Tiffany Glass Company (6 Feb 1886)
TIFF1893: Chicago Exposition booklet, Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company (1893)
TIFF1896: Memorial Windows, Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company (1896)
TIFF1897: A List of Windows: And Extracts from Letters & Newspapers, Tiffany Glass & Decorating Company (1897)
TIFF1910: A Partial List of Tiffany Windows, Tiffany Studios (1910)
WEST1908: The Westminster (25 Apr 1908, p. 29)
YEAR1913: Year Book of the Pennsylvania Society 1913, Barr Ferree (ed.) (1913, p. 197)

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