St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

 

 

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St. Paul’s Episcopal  Church

11 East 40th Street   Kansas City, Missouri 64111

816-931-2850     http://stpaulskcmo.org

(The following is based on material from the St. Paul’s website  and the book, St Paul’s Westport, written by Nancy DeLaurier and  published in 2002)

Church History

St. Paul’s began in the mid-1840s when a group of Episcopalians began gathering in the Westport area. Eventually, the group became a mission of Grace Church in downtown Kansas City. The development was a natural outgrowth of the changing landscape of the city as developers and families pushed southward toward Westport. The long ride over dusty or mud-lined roads became too much for the new suburbanites, and a group of Episcopalians from the Westport area petitioned the rector of Grace Church to form a new parish. St. Paul’s formally became a parish in 1891.

In 1905, work began on a permanent building at 40th and Walnut (now 40th and Main). The stone church was completed in 1906, with the first services held on Easter Sunday. The Gothic design was drawn by William Barnes Fall and was based on an earlier design by the well-known architect Henry Van Brunt.

Interior of St. Paul's

St. Paul’s original building still stands, and includes the nave; the tower room just off the nave and what originally was known as the Guild Room. The large expanse of the Guild Room has been divided into a library, the choir rooms, and bathrooms. You can follow the original design of the Guild Room by tracing the ceiling line across the library and choir rooms. Over the last 100 years, St. Paul’s has added several wings and renovated our original buildings.

In 1963, St. Paul’s opened our Day School. In the years that followed, the Day School has grown into two large buildings on our campus, and now educates over 450 each year.

St. Paul’s most important contribution to Kansas City has been its service to the community — from the children’s home it administered in the 1930s to work with young people on the streets of Westport in the 1960s. Today that spirit of service has transformed St. Paul’s into a community always looking around the corner and down the street to see what needs to be done in this neighborhood and in this city.

Stained Glass

One of the major assets of St. Paul’s is its stained glass. The church has fine examples of the two major types of stained glass windows — pictorial and jewel. The original church, completed in 1906, included simple nave windows with diamond-shaped insets of yellow and clear glass. Gradually, beginning in the 1920s, these windows were replaced with ornate and intriguing works of various biblical scenes.

Most of the nave windows are by the St. Louis firm of Jacoby Art Glass. The Jacoby signature can be seen in the window closest to the front of the church on the west wall. The two center windows on the east wall are by the famed Powell & Sons Whitefriars Glassworks of Great Britain. You can identify those windows by the Whitefriars signature, a hooded monk in the lower right-hand corner of each window. Whitefriars, which closed in 1980, was a leader in the Arts and Crafts movement and is one of the most famous of the British glass works of the late 19th and early 20th century.

The windows in the narthex are by the Willet Studio of Philadelphia, which was a leader in American glass design for churches. The narthex windows depict the twelve apostles and are fine examples of jewel windows. Jewel windows are notable for their mosaic-like designs and brilliant colors.

One of the most magnificent examples of a jewel window is the Ascension window at the north end of the nave. This is also known as the Meriwether window in honor of the family that dedicated it as a memorial to their parents.

Gallery Pictures of Stained Glass in St Paul’s

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Adoration of the Shepherds 

Nativity Adoration of the Shepherds (1922)
Nativity Adoration of the Shepherds (1922)

 

Given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Anne Lozier Warner (1854-1913)  and her daughter, Anne  Warner Leidigh  (1882-1913).

Installed 1922

Designed and fabricated by Jacoby Art Glass of Saint Louis

 

 

 

 

Three Marys at the Tomb

Three Marys at the Tomb (1923) Jacoby
Three Marys at the Tomb (1923) Jacoby

Given in memory of the Reverend Jefferson Davis Ritchey, rector from 1905-1917.

Designed and fabricated by Jacoby Art Glass of Saint Louis

For twelve years untiring ministry, 1905-1917, this parish remembers with great gratitude to God its beloved rector, Jefferson Davis Ritchey  (August 2, 1861- June 24, 1919).

Installed 1923

Detail from Three Marys  (1923) Jacoby
Detail from Three Marys (1923) Jacoby

The Raising of the Daughter of Jairus

Jesus Raising the Daughter of Jairus (1923)   Jacoby Art Glass of St Louis.

Given to the glory of God and in loving memory of Sallie Comingo (1853-1914),  beloved wife of by Dr. Jefferson Davis Griffith (?) Comingo (?) and of their daughter, Lucie (1883-1901).Installed  1923.

Designed and fabricated by Jacoby Art Glass of Saint Louis

Detail from Raising the Daughter... (1923)

Detail from Raising the Daughter… (1923)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christ Among the Doctors

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Given by Pauline Ellison Snider in memory of her father and mother, James and Clara Isabel Ellison

Installed in 1925

Designed and fabricated by Jacoby  Art  Glass of Saint Louis

 

Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me

Suffer the Little Children (1925) Jacoby
Suffer the Little Children (1925) Jacoby

 

The gift of Ella C. Loose in memory of her husband, Jacob Leander Loose (1850-1923).

Installed in 1927

Designed and fabricated by Jacoby Art Glass of Saint Louis

 

 

 

 

 

The Way to Calvary

On the Way to Calvary (1927) Jacoby
On the Way to Calvary (1927)

 

Given in the dear memory of Lilian E. Salmon, a worshiper in this church, who died 24 January, 1923,  by her daughter.

Installed in 1927

Designed and fabricated by Powell & Sons Whitefriars, London

Detail from the Way to Calvary (1927) Jacoby
Detail from the Way to Calvary (1927)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Baptism of Christ

Baptism of Christ (1927)  Jacoby Art Glass of St Louis

Baptism of Christ (1927) Jacoby Art Glass of St Louis

 

Given in loving memory of Elizabeth Bereton Pratt (March 8, 1899-April 7, 1926), wife of Harry K. Poindexter

Installed in 1927

Designed and fabricated by Jacoby Art Glass of Saint Louis

 

 

 

 

Detail from Baptism ...(1927)
Detail from Baptism …(1927)

  Detail from Baptism (1927)

Christ in the House of Simon the Leper in Bethany

Washing Jesus' Feet in the House of Simon the Leper ((1929) Jacoby

Washing Jesus’ Feet in the House of Simon the Leper ((1929)

 

Given in loving memory of Mamie Price Withers (1867-1923) a faithful and devoted communicant,  by her daughter, Mrs. Olive Runnels

Installed 1929

Designed and fabricated by Powel & Sons Whitefriars, London

Detail Washing ... (1927)

Detail Washing … (1927)

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ascension Window

 

Ascension Window (1946)Ascension Window (1946)

 

In June 1946 St. Paul’s installed a large “Ascension Window” designed and fabricated by the Willet Studio of Philadelphia.

It is dedicated to the memory of Gilmer and Hollie Merriwether by their children.

Unlike the earlier “painted” windows by Jacoby, the Ascension Window is an example of medieval stained glass technique.

 

Detail from Ascension 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Narthex Windows 

 

Willet
Willet

 

 

In 1954, twelve memorial windows of the apostles, also  designed and fabricated by Willet Studios of Philadelphia, were installed in the narthex.

 

 

Willet

 

Three windows, honoring the memory of Naval Air Lieutenant Frank Lee Wilkinson, III, who died in service to his country, depicted historic bishops of the West.

 

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The other three windows,  given by Mrs. Frank M. Bernardin in memory of her husband, depicted aspects of the Council of Curches.

 

I am the Light of the World Willet
I am the Light of the World Willet

 

Two more windows by Willet  were installed in the tower entry in 1958:  “Christ the Light of the World”  given by Katherine Prescott Scarritt in memory of Benjamin H. Berkshire

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“St Paul the Traveler.”

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There are also 6 memorial windows, also by Willet, in the small chapel.

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