A Tour of the NYAPC Stained Glass Windows
By Paul Dornan
Before 1967, the windows of the sanctuary of the New York Avenue Presbyterian Church were made of simple deep amber glass. At the instigation and inspiration of the then-Senior Pastor, Dr. George M. Docherty, the congregation committed itself to the design, execution and installation of 19 stained glass windows, nine at the sanctuary floor level and ten in the sanctuary balcony. The floor-level windows convey the sweep of the Biblical record from the Creation and Fall through the Church Triumphant. The balcony windows, anchored in the witness of the faith, detail the “cloud of witnesses”, our contemporaries or near-contemporaries who have ventured forth as educators, scientists, political leaders, soldiers, laborers, and musicians.