First Presbyterian Church - Table of Contents

Hindman Chapel - First Presbyterian Church
One Symphony Circle, Buffalo, NY
Research by Bruce McCausland, Church historian

First services:
Green & Wicks
Dr. Ralph B. Hindman, pastor beginning 1931
1949  renovation:
In 1949 because of concerns voiced by parishioners in the main sanctuary that the noise made during the children’s services was disturbing worship, the chapel was redesigned, this included reorientation of the chapel chancel, replacing the pews, enclosing the staircase to the sanctuary balcony, changing the lighting fixtures and replacing the glass windows with special dedicated stained glass windows designed by Henry Lee Willet Studios in Philadelphia
1957 renovation:
In 1957, the old Roosevelt organ was also replaced, this time with a new Schlicker organ. 
The next major renovation of the Chapel took place in 2004 during the pastorate of the  Dr. Geri Lyon.  This time the pews were removed, new chairs purchased, the chapel was repainted and the floor refinished.
2003 photos

Chancel, reoriented in the 1949 renovation. 

Rinceau  ..........  Blind arch

Stained glass window by  Henry Lee Willet Studios  in 1947.
: The Ascension / Last Supper
Middle left: Peter preaching at Pentecost
Middle right: Paul at Athens
Six details below:

Detail #1 - Far left upper panel - Angel

Detail #2 - Far left lower panel - Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane

Detail #3 - 2nd left upper panel - Pentecost

Detail #4 - 2nd left lower panel - Last Supper

Detail #5 - Top center panel - The Ascension.  Note the mandorla

Detail #6 - Lower center panel Last Supper


Work and interests of First Presbyterian at home and abroad in a series of six (two on the opposite wall) memorial windows.

Wood carved ornamentation: Patera ... Acanthus leaves.
Corbel: angel

Four Missionaries Memorial window ... 3 details below:

Detail #1 - Upper left medallion

Detail #2 - Lower left medallion
David Brainerd (April 20, 1718–October 9, 1747) was an American missionary to the Native Americans who had a particularly fruitful ministry among the Delaware Indians of New Jersey.

Detail #3 - Lower right medallion
 John Lowrie (1808-1900)  established the first church May 12, 1837, and first missionary school in North India.

5 details below:

Detail #1 - Upper left panel - Visiting Nurse

Detail #2 - Center left panel - Visiting Nurse

Detail #3 - Lower left scene - Clara Barton and Florence Nightingale.
Barton: Clarissa Harlowe "Clara" Barton (December 25, 1821-April 12, 1912) was a pioneer American teacher, patent clerk, nurse, and humanitarian. At a time when relatively few women worked outside the home, Barton built a career helping others. One of her greatest accomplishments was founding the American Red Cross.
Nightingale: Florence Nightingale (12 May 1820-13 August 1910) was a celebrated British social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing.

Detail #4 - Center right scene - Boy Scout
Boy Scouts of America: Since its founding in 1910 as part of the international Scout Movement, more than 110 million Americans have been members of the BSA.

Detail #5 - Lower right scene: George Washington Carver and Louis Pasteur
Carver: Born into slavery in Missouri C. January 1864. Promoted research into and promotion of alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes.
Pasteur: 1822-1895) A French chemist and microbiologist who is well known for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization.

Five medallion details below:

Detail #1 - Left center medallion

Detail #2 - Lower left medallion

Detail #3 - Upper right medallion

Detail #4 - Middle right  medallion

Detail #5 - Lower right medallion

1957 Schlicker organ

Special thanks to Dr. David Bond, Business Manager, Choirmaster and Organist, for his cooperation and assistance in 2003
Photos and their arrangement 2003 Chuck LaChiusa
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