First Presbyterian Church - Topeka, Kansas
The First Presbyterian Church in Topeka, Kansas was organized in 1859. The present (1884) building is very handsome, with hand carved furnishings which were installed in 1935. The best known features of the building are the 100 year old Tiffany windows. Louis Tiffany visited Topeka and planned the windows which were installed in 1911 at a cost of $14,000.
The Favrile windows display an iridescent quality with hues and accents changing with the light inside or out. Louis Tiffany patented Favrile glass in 1880. The trade name "Favrile" was derived from the French word, fabrile, meaning handcrafted. It is glass made without paint, enamels or stains. The colors are created by additives such as cobalt, gold and copper.
My personal favorite window was The Baptism, based on Matthew 3:17. The light was very effective, but it did not come out well in my photos.
copyright 2011 by Keith Stokes