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Center Church, Hartford, Connecticut

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Site Id: 8.15.2
Rating: 2 stars
Other name(s): First Congregational Church
Address: 60 Gold Street
Location: Hartford, Connecticut 06103, USA
Lat/Lng: 41.76459, -72.67424
Tiffany 1910: Page 44
Duncan 1980: Page 209
Tiffany 1897: Page 28
Tiffany 1893: Not listed
Tiffany 1886: Not listed
Tiffany/Duncan comment: Tiffany 1910 lists the site twice, once under First Congregational Church and once under Center Church [TIFF1910, DUNC1980]
Completeness: High
Building status: Extant
Building date: 1807 [FIRST1915]
Architect: Two 1901 Tiffany bronze tablets in memory of Dr. George Leon Walker and Dr. Charles Marion Lamson [CONG1901A, CONG1901B]
Also of interest:

Site Items

8.15.2.1: Smith Memorial Window: St. John (1894) (Extant)
8.15.2.2: Caldwell Memorial Window: Resurrection Angel (1894) (Extant)
8.15.2.3: Hooker Memorial Window: Hope (1899) (Extant)
8.15.2.4: Hooker Memorial Window: Hooker Preaching at Hartford (1900) (Extant)
8.15.2.5: Wells Memorial Window: Righteousness and Peace (1903) (Extant)

Item 8.15.2.1

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

Status: Extant [PHOTO]
Confidence: High
Memorial name: Smith Memorial Window
Theme: St. John [TIFF1897, TIFF1910, DUNC1980]
Tiffany 1910: Page 44
Duncan 1980: Page 209
Tiffany 1897: Page 28
Signature:
Other documentation: [HC1894A]
Record type: Window
Designer:
Memorial details: Wilder Smith (1835-1891) [INSCRIPTION, HC1894A, FIRST1915, FINDAGRAVE]
Donor: his wife, Charlotte M. Davis Smith [FIRST1915]
Date: Unveiled Easter Sunday, 25 Mar 1894 [HC1894A]
Size:
Lancets: 1 [PHOTO]
Inscription: IN MEMORY OF WILDER SMITH / BLESSED ARE THE PVRE IN HEART [PHOTO]
Category: St. John

Item 8.15.2.2

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

Status: Extant [PHOTO]
Confidence: High
Memorial name: Caldwell Memorial Window (Parsons Memorial Window)
Theme: Resurrection Angel [TIFF1910, DUNC1980]
Tiffany 1910: Page 44
Duncan 1980: Page 209
Tiffany 1897: Not listed
Signature:
Other documentation: [HC1894B]
Record type: Window
Designer:
Memorial details: John Caldwell (21 Dec 1755 - 26 May 1838) [INSCRIPTION, HC1894B, FIRST1915]
Donor: his grandson, John Caldwell Parsons [HC1894B, FIRST1915]
Date: Installed 3 Aug 1894 [HC1894B]
Size:
Lancets: 1 [PHOTO]
Inscription: TO THE HONORED MEMORY OF / JOHN CALDWELL / BORN DECEMBER 21 1755 / DIED MAY 26 1838 [PHOTO, HC1894B]
Category: Angel of Resurrection
Tiffany/Duncan comment: Tiffany 1910 calls this the Parsons Memorial Window because Mr. Parsons was the donor [TIFF1910, DUNC1980, DEDUCED]
Comment: The window is not listed in Tiffany 1897 so the date might be wrong, but it is the design that was used in the Chicago Exposition of 1893 [PHOTO, DEDUCED]

Item 8.15.2.3

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

Status: Extant [PHOTO]
Confidence: High
Memorial name: Hooker Memorial Window
Theme: Hope [TIFF1910, DUNC1980]
Tiffany 1910: Page 44
Duncan 1980: Page 209
Tiffany 1897: Not listed
Signature: COPYRIGHT 1898 / TIFFANY GLASS & DECORATING COMPANY / NEW YORK [PHOTO]
Other documentation: [HC1899]
Record type: Window
Designer:
Memorial details: Bryan Edward Hooker (1 Jan 1813 - 9 Dec 1888), deacon of this church 1852-1874 [INSCRIPTION, HC1899, FIRST1915, FINDAGRAVE]
Donor: his wife, Martha H. Williams Hooker [HC1899, FIRST1915]
and also their sons, Edward W. Hooker and Thomas W. Hooker [FIRST1915]
Date: Installed ca. Dec 1899 [HC1899]
Size:
Lancets: 1 [PHOTO]
Inscription: FOR NOW WE SEE THROVGH A GLASS DARKLY BVT THEN FACE TO FACE / NOW I KNOW IN PART BUT THEN SHALL I KNOW EVEN AS ALSO I AM KNOWN // IN MEMORIAM / BRYAN EDWARD HOOKER / 1813-1888 / DEACON OF THIS CHVRCH / 1852-1874 [PHOTO]
Category: Hope
Tiffany/Duncan comment: Tiffany 1910 spells the name as Nooker [TIFF1910, DUNC1980]

Item 8.15.2.4

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

Status: Extant [PHOTO]
Confidence: High
Memorial name: Hooker Memorial Window
Theme: Hooker Preaching at Hartford [FIRST1915]
Tiffany 1910: Page 44
Duncan 1980: Page 209
Tiffany 1897: Not listed
Signature: TIFFANY STVDIOS - N.Y. [PHOTO]
Other documentation: [HC1900, BSH1900, CM1900]
Record type: Window
Designer:
Memorial details: Thomas Hooker (7 Jul 1586 - 7 Jul 1647), pastor of this church 1633-1647 [INSCRIPTION, HC1900, BSH1900, CM1900, FIRST1915, FINDAGRAVE]
Donor: Edward W. Hooker [HC1900, BSH1900, CM1900]
Mary Turner (Mrs. Edward W.) Hooker [FIRST1915]
Date: Installed ca. Aug 1900 [HC1900]
Size:
Lancets: 1 [PHOTO]
Inscription: DIVINE LAW / 1586 / THOMAS HOOKER / 1647 / CIVIC LAW // THE FOUNDATION OF AUTHORITY IS LAID FIRSTLY IN THE FREE CONSENT OF THE PEOPLE // PASTOR OF THIS CHURCH 1633-1647 / TRANSPLANTED IT TO HARTFORD 1636 / LEADER AMONG THE FOUNDERS OF / THIS CITY AND COMMONWEALTH [PHOTO, BSH1900]
Category: Historic Figure

Item 8.15.2.5

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

Status: Extant [PHOTO]
Confidence: High
Memorial name: Wells Memorial Window
Theme: Righteousness and Peace [TIFF1910, DUNC1980]
Mercy and Truth [FIRST1915]
Tiffany 1910: Page 44
Duncan 1980: Page 209
Tiffany 1897: Not listed
Signature: TIFFANY STVDIOS / NEW YORK [PHOTO]
Other documentation: [HC1903A, HC1903B, HC1903C, BFP1903, DB1903, IDJ1903]
Record type: Window
Designer: Frederick Wilson [HC1903C, BFP1903, DB1903, IDJ1903]
Memorial details: Horace Wells (21 Jan 1815 - 24 Jan 1848) and his wife Elizabeth Wales Wells (9 Apr 1818 - 17 Jul 1889) [INSCRIPTION, HC1903B, HC1903C, BFP1903, DB1903, IDJ1903, FIRST1915, FINDAGRAVE]
Donor: their son, Charles Thomas Wells [HC1903A, HC1903B, HC1903C, BFP1903, DB1903, IDJ1903, FIRST1915]
Date: Installed Apr 1903 [HC1903B]
Dedicated Easter Sunday, 12 Apr 1903 [HC1903B, HC1903C, BFP1903, DB1903, IDJ1903]
Size:
Lancets: 1 [PHOTO]
Inscription: MERCY AND TRUTH ARE MET TOGETHER RIGHT / AND PEACE HAVE KISSED EACH OTHER // "NEITHER SHALL THERE BE ANY MORE PAIN, / FOR THE FORMER THINGS ARE PASSED AWAY." / IN MEMORIAM / HORACE WELLS // THE DISCOVERER OF ANAESTHESIA / AND HIS WIFE ELIZABETH WALES WELLS. [PHOTO, DB1903, IDJ1903]
Category: Righteous; Peace

References

BFP1903: Burlington Free Press (14 May 1903, p. 1)
BSH1900: Boston Sunday Herald (19 Aug 1900, p. 40)
CM1900: The Connecticut Magazine (Sep-Oct 1900, Vol. 6, No. 6, p. 439)
CONG1901A: Congregationalist (26 Jan 1901, p. 143)
CONG1901B: Congregationalist (2 Feb 1901, p. 200)
DB1903: The Dental Brief (May 1903, Vol. VIII, No. 5, p. 289-290, 298-301)
DEDUCED: Deduced from other information
DUNC1980: Tiffany Windows, Alastair Duncan (1980)
FINDAGRAVE: Findagrave.com, for deducing biographical or genealogical information
FIRST1915: The First Church of Christ in Hartford (1915, p. 5-8)
HC1894A: The Hartford Courant (24 Mar 1894, p. 4)
HC1894B: The Hartford Courant (4 Aug 1894, p. 5)
HC1899: The Hartford Courant (21 Dec 1899, p. 8)
HC1900: The Hartford Courant (18 Aug 1900, p. 7)
HC1903A: The Hartford Courant (4 Apr 1903, p. 3)
HC1903B: The Hartford Courant (10 Apr 1903, p. 3)
HC1903C: The Hartford Courant (13 Apr 1903, p. 9)
IDJ1903: The International Dental Journal (May 1903, Vol. XXIV, No. 5, p. 393-394)
INSCRIPTION: Inscription on item
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)
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)

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