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St. Paul's Catholic Church, Onaway, Michigan: artists Peter and Christel Brahm

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Building

First Presbyterian Church
church
Presbyterian
99 Wayne Street
Pontiac, Michigan 48342
Oakland County
Web Address: http://www.fpcpontiac.com/

About

Construction: 1918-1924

Number of Pictorial Windows: 17

Number of Non-pictorial Windows: 11

Floor Plan Sketch: Download


Building Notes: The cornerstone was laid in 1918. The basement was then used for services as the construction was completed. Church dedicated in 1924.

It is rather unusually designed. Outside from the air or the ground it looks like a Gothic hall church with 4 aisle windows on each side. However once inside the church takes on a cruciform shape. The last aisle window is actually in the stairway leading up to the church and rooms in the bell tower. There is no narthex. They refer to the vestibules as the narthex --- but they are each separate and at the basement level not at the church level.

A balcony runs the length of the side aisles. This obscures the middle part of the aisle windows. The original aisle windows were just ornamental windows until being replaced with windows made by Connick Associates starting in the 1950's. The Church made the decision to have the lower part of each window and the upper part separately designed. Thus the bottom half and upper half in some cases will be made years apart and by different donors. The two halves in a few cases have some connection to the lower half but most do not. Note the bottom half will be rectangles while the upper window will be a Gothic arch.

All windows from the Connick Studios are painted and fired. The backgrounds and borders make extensive use of stencils. Glass is all hand blown antique from France, Germany and Blenko (USA).

First Presbyterian Church
MSGC: 1998.0107

Census Coordinator:
Surdyk Michael



Studio Name
Connick (Charles J.), Ltd.

Windows
Parable of the Sower
Music
Parable of the Good Samaritan
Flowers
Parable of the Talents
Initials of Jesus Christ/Celtic Cross/Anchor Cross
Women of Christ's Day
Symbols of Justice