Our Stained Glass Windows

Among the greatest treasures in our church that offer "rest for our souls" are the magnificent stained-glass windows that we are blessed to enjoy. Created nearly a century ago by the artist Oliver Smith (1896-1980), a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, they tell the Bible story, one stage at a time, moving from the Old Testament to the New, as the viewer moves from the back of the church to the front.

Oliver Smith was inspired in his work principally by Chartres Cathedral in France -- for he researched and duplicated the methods that were used in the thirteenth century. He set up his workshop on the church grounds, the site of the present parking lot, and there designed, colored and fired the glass, which he then assembled with strips of lead. He made his own glass from formulas followed by those thirteenth-century European glass makers and believed that he had discovered the method by which the great artists of the past achieved their glowing colors.

The three largest windows, in the Chancel and Transepts, were all made in Oyster Bay; those in the aisles and porch were completed later in Smith’s studio in Pennsylvania by the same process.

Window Restoration Work

In the Spring of 2019 work began on the restoration of our historic windows, thanks to the gifts of many generous donors.  By late July 2019, all of the stained-glass windows were removed from the Church and transported to Botti Studio in LaPorte, Indiana, where the painstaking restorative work began.  The outbreak of the Covid Pandemic delayed the return of the windows to Christ Church, but by the Fall of 2020, over a year after the process started, the windows were fully restored and returned.  The links below show time-lapse videos of the windows being prepared and removed from the Church.  

  • Removal of the Madonna & Child panel from the North Transept window.

  • Removal of the the East window.

  • Sealing the temporary plexiglass in place.

  • Protecting the organ in preparation for the restoration of the windows