Monday, March 25, 2013

Tour: Atlanta First United Methodist Church

Part of an "organ crawl" during Phoenix Flies, presented by the Atlanta Preservation Center, was the Atlanta First United Methodist Church...as beautiful today as it was when it was built in 1903.


Atlanta First United Methodist Church, Tiffany Windows
Atlanta First United Methodist Church , Tiffany Windows
Unbeknownst to me and the friend I was touring with, this church has a pair of stunning Tiffany windows, which I didn't recognize but my friend did immediately. A lot of the windows were paid for by church members, not the church itself, so records of cost are not complete.

According to church records, a vast majority of the windows were not yet installed when the building was completed in December 1903.


Atlanta First United Methodist Church,  Organ Pipes
Atlanta First United Methodist Church,
Organ Pipes
Some of the organ pipes were bought over from a former church building. Turns out, that the Methodist's were the first denomination to build a church in Atlanta...back in the mid 1800s!


Atlanta First United Methodist Church
Atlanta First United Methodist Church
I didn't catch the capacity of the church, but it's huge! And it has massive windows. The windows were created by three different window makers, including Tiffany's of New York.


Atlanta First United Methodist Church
Atlanta First United Methodist Church
Even the benches are stunning, especially against a wall of stained glass.


Atlanta First United Methodist Church
Atlanta First United Methodist Church
This was one of my favorite windows. I think perhaps because of the color combinations I'd been seeing in other churches, heavy on the blues. This one, with its oranges, golds, and greens, really made an impression with me.


Atlanta First United Methodist Church
Atlanta First United Methodist Church
A closer look at one of the windows, actually a collection of windows, in the sanctuary.


Atlanta First United Methodist Church
Atlanta First United Methodist Church
The organ recital was beautiful and a marvelous experience given the locale of the playing.


Atlanta First United Methodist Church
Atlanta First United Methodist Church
Organ pipes...


Atlanta First United Methodist Church
Atlanta First United Methodist Church
I found myself nearly as mesmerized by the mill work in the church as I was with the stained glass windows, particularly the treatments on the balconies.


Atlanta First United Methodist Church
Atlanta First United Methodist Church
All of it was gorgeous...the entire building, all its stained glass, the organ playing, the tour guide hosts...it was a wonderful experience.

1 comment:

Terry said...

Thanks. The Bach is still playing in my head. I wish I'd photographed all the flower windows.