Lindsley Avenue's Historic Windows
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Interior Sickle Window
Exterior Window-S Elevation
Interior Cross Window
Interior Bible Window
Interior Christ Window
Interior Windows-N Wall
Interior Anchor Window
Interior Windows-E Wall
Exterior Windows-W Elevation
One of the most distinguishable architectural features of the Lindsley Avenue Church is its stained glass windows. The building has a total of forty-four windows. The window's stained glass is encased in carved wood.
Stained Glass Windows
A significant effort by P.L.A.N. is restoring the stained glass windows of the church. There is no written history of the windows, but the windows are considered to be original to the building, though it is possible the windows were installed in the building at a later date. One thought is that the windows were obtained via a mail order catalog typical of the era. There are dates and names inscribed on a few of the windows, but their point of origin has, as of yet, not been determined.
The window's stained glass is generally in good condition, though the windows as a whole are in need of significant refurbishing. Many windows are leaking and all are in need of cleaning. The wood molding is rotting and the glass reinforcing rods are in need of tightening and or replacing. Most windows (but not all) are covered by plexiglass that is dulled. New protective glass needs to be installed over the stained glass.
P.L.A.N. has received a restoration quote from Emmanuel Studio, Inc. Emmanuel Studio is located locally in Nashville and is one of the most highly respected stained glass studios in the United States for both restoration and new commissions. Windows can be restored either in whole or in part as funds permit. Windows will be removed to the studio location for restoration and reinstalled once finished.
Current Fundraising Goal
P.L.A.N. seeks to raise $220,000 to restore the stain glass windows. This is estimated to be a 7-year project.
P.L.A.N. started a capital campaign in 2021 to raise funds to restore the beautiful stained glass windows. The campaign began in honor of Joe and Bessie Freeman. The Freeman’s worshiped for many years at the Lindsley Avenue congregation. Their family began making donations in their memory to restore the windows as this was a project which Joe and Bessie were very enthusiastic.
Individual and family donors giving $1,000 and above will have their names listed on a special Donor Window which is displayed in the back of the sanctuary. The Donor Window was commissioned to resemble the shape of the larger windows in the church, and is made of clear glass with stained glass edging.
Donor’s names are etched into the six sections of the Donor Window, with each section representing a year of the campaign. Each year by January 31, the previous year’s donors will be added with the year as the heading. Donors from the inaugural campaign year 2021 were etched in the larger flower shaped center pane.