St. Margaret’s is fortunate to have beautiful stained-glass windows, most notably three designed and executed by the Louis Comfort Tiffany Studios. Enjoy this virtual tour of our windows, and come by in person to experience their beauty .
The first windows to be completed were the monumental ones in one the south, west, and east ends, and the baptistery (now chapel) window. All were designed in the art glass style popular at the beginning of the 20th century. Louis Comfort Tiffany was the progenitor and pre-eminent practitioner of the style, using the favrile glass he favored and often experimented with.
Located in the West Transept of the church, the "Sower" window, also designed by Tiffany Studios, is one of the most beloved at St. Margaret’s. It represents the parable of the sower of seeds from the thirteenth chapter of Matthew:
From Matthew 13:4-9 (NRSV):
From Matthew 13:18-23 (NRSV):
Tiffany Studios employed "confetti glass", layering flecks of broken glass in the foliage to create a greater illusion of depth. The window was given in 1914 in memory of Professor Beverly Randolph Mason, principal of the then-nearby Gunston Hall School and a vestry member at St. Margaret's, by the school's faculty and students. The same design was used for a Tiffany window at First Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and Old Stone Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and for a mosaic in glass, commissioned for Immanuel Congregational Church in Hartford, Connecticut.
Michael has often been regarded as the helper of armies, and as a protector of individual Christians against evil, especially at the hour of death. His is shown here in armor with sword and shield, trampling the dragon underfoot. Lt. Commander (USN) Goodloe’s decorations are depicted in the window: the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross with two stars, and the Air Medal with three stars. Goodloe’s mother, Marian C. Goodloe, presented the window in memory of her son. It was designed and executed by the Willet Studios of Philadelphia.