Westminster Presbyterian Church - Table of Contents

Interior - Westminster Presbyterian Church
724 Delaware Avenue, Buffalo, NY

In 1903, the sanctuary was renovated by Tiffany Studios who stenciled Christian symbols in gold throughout: 13 around the chancel arch, 11 in the chancel, and 66 on wall panels.

Redecoration included the church windows and the electroliers.

The interior architecture was changed from Romanesque Revival to to English Tudor Gothic. Note, however, that the painted art work by Tiffany Studios is Art Nouveau style, a substyle, many would say, of Arts & Crafts.

In 1954, the Tiffany Studios-stenciled Christian symbols were painted over, but in 1992, Christian symbols around chancel arch and chancel were restored by Ingersoll Painting & Construction. Further, the walls and panels of the Sanctuary were brightened with a rich textured patina "red" with a golden "ochre" for the upper sections and, finally, the ceiling finished in a medium blue with stenciling to complement wall colors.

Stained Glass Windows

From 1931-1952, new Gothic-style windows were installed, replacing the handsome but plain Tiffany windows. The first window was contributed by the Richmond family.

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Chancel and nave in English Tudor Gothic style. Note pulpit at left of chancel and baptismal font at far left.

In 1992, the ceiling was finished in a medium blue with stenciling to complement wall colors.   ...  Roof is supported by hammer beam ceiling.

Chancel half-round apse, originally designed by Tiffany Studios, was restored in 1992. Note center stencil between the double Tudor arch. Ceiling was also repainted in 1992 restoration.

Detail from previous photo - center stencil between the double
Tudor arch

Christograms:   IC / XC / NI / KA: IC XC are abbreviations (in both Greek and Slavonic) for the name Jesus Christ. . NIKA is a Greek verb that means “conquers” (perhaps “is victorious” is better, though not as grammatically accurate).

 Stencils on chancel half-round apse and between the double Tudor arch were originally designed by Tiffany Studios in 1903 and restored in 1992

Detail from previous photo - stencil between the double Tudor arch

Cross on apse wall

Oak  chancel  wainscoting is ornamented with Venetian Gothic style arches   ...   Oak altar is ornamented with quatrefoil arches

Chancel  wainscoting is ornamented with Venetian Gothic style arches    ...   Needlepoint cushions on benches

Communion table is ornamented with cinquefoil arches

1872 marble baptismal font

Detail - 1872 marble
baptismal font

1967 pulpit, with bas-relief wood carving by Adlais Hardin

Pulpit detail - Good Samaritan

The 1903 rounded Romanesque style stained glass windows designed by
Tiffany Studios were replaced by pointed Gothic-style windows, 1931-1952

1992 covered
Tiffany Studios stencils between stained glass windows

1992 covered Tiffany Studios stencils

1903 electrolier designed by
Tiffany Studios

View of
nave and choir loft from the altar

Special thanks to Church Historian John McClive for his assistance in 2004

Photos and their arrangement © 2004 Chuck LaChiusa
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