Tiffany Stained Glass in Shelby, North Carolina

First Baptist Church of Shelby Bell Tower

In 1911, when The First Baptist Church of Shelby dedicated its new Gothic Revival edifice, the exterior sanctuary walls were filled with magnificent stained glass windows manufactured by the Lewis Comfort Tiffany Company of New York. Hundreds of square feet of luminous opalescent glass were filled with images of a benevolent Jesus Christ, and symbols lifted straight from the Holy Bible.

First Baptist Church of Shelby South Wall

No less than eight leaded creations were built into the yellow brick walls of this historic building. Above is one of three giant works gracing the north and south exposures. When you enter the large space, the image below is what you will see from the other side.

SOuth Tiffany window in Shelby BaptistMain 2
If this angle seems a little strange, it’s because a large balcony was added to the sanctuary thirty years ago, obscuring this, and the large north window from a direct interior view.

Shelby Baptist Sanctuary Window
This is what you see when sitting in the pews. The colors are dramatic, but the full effect has been lost.

Shelby Baptist Tiffany Rear Window
This scene of Christ as a shepard with his flock is viewable only when you are within ten feet of the north wall, but that doesn’t mean the beauty is lost. From this distance, the detail of Tiffany’s leaded treasure is all the more evident.

Shelby Baptist Hidden Tiffany Window
This magnificent scene on the south wall once was illuminated by sunlight, but years ago, an addition to the building blocked the exterior light. Today, it is backlit by artificial fixtures. It is no less breathtaking.
I was told that another large window was totally covered when the altar was re-positioned years ago. Today, the Tiffany masterpiece is hidden behind the relocated pipe organ.

Shelby Baptist Grape Tiffany Window
To the right of the altar is this spectacular depiction of “Bounty” that uses grapes as its theme. The angle shown below reveals the vibrant colors of the glass pieces unseen in the above image.
Shelby Baptist Tiffany detail

In 1911, Shelby Baptist paid the George Hardy Payne Company of Patterson, New Jersey, $ 1,300 for all of the Tiffany stained glass windows. Today, these irreplaceable works of art are priceless, and it’s well worth your time to make the pilgrimage to see them in person.

2 thoughts on “Tiffany Stained Glass in Shelby, North Carolina

  1. Just beautiful stained glass pictures…….love them!Patsy From: Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina- A Blog To: pjcar119@yahoo.com Sent: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 12:05 AM Subject: [New post] Tiffany Stained Glass in Shelby, North Carolina #yiv5597938554 a:hover {color:red;}#yiv5597938554 a {text-decoration:none;color:#0088cc;}#yiv5597938554 a.yiv5597938554primaryactionlink:link, #yiv5597938554 a.yiv5597938554primaryactionlink:visited {background-color:#2585B2;color:#fff;}#yiv5597938554 a.yiv5597938554primaryactionlink:hover, #yiv5597938554 a.yiv5597938554primaryactionlink:active {background-color:#11729E;color:#fff;}#yiv5597938554 WordPress.com | Carolina Vann posted: “In 1911, when The First Baptist Church of Shelby dedicated its new Gothic Revival edifice, the exterior sanctuary walls were filled with magnificent stained glass windows manufactured by the Lewis Comfort Tiffany Company of New York. Hundreds of squar” | |

  2. I especially like the grapes one. “I am the vine, ye are the branches.”

    On Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 12:05 AM, Living in The Blue Ridge Mountains of

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