Saint Andrew, the Alabama Tiffany Window

July 24, 2018

Saint Andrew, the Alabama window

Saint Andrew, the Alabama window is positioned near the western entrance of Blandford Church. He is depicted with a small  X-shaped cross leaning in his right hand.  In Greece, he  was arrested and sentenced to be executed because he had converted so many people to Christianity. Andrew requested not to be crucified in the same position as Christ had been. He was killed by being hung upside down on an X-shaped cross; thus it represents his symbol of martyrdom.  The state flag of Alabama features an X-shaped cross which is known as a Saint Andrew’s Cross and has been part of his iconography since the fourteenth century.

Saint Andrew
Saint Andrew, Alabama Tiffany Window

In this window, Tiffany layered separate pieces if either the same-or different-colored glass to obtain tints or shades not possible with a single piece. The technical term for this is plating or doubling and the numbers of layers can vary. Tiffany would occasionally use a strip of lead between layers for reinforcement.  Saint Andrew stands on ground that is plated and leaded in this way. (Martha Wrenn Briggs, The Compass Windows of Old Blandford Church)

In the contract with the Tiffany Studios for the Alabama window, the cost was $350, with a $35 fee for “sash protection, freight and setting.” This was the standard charge for each of the now priceless compass windows installed in the church between 1904 -1912.

Blandford Church is now managed by the Petersburg Preservation Task Force and is open for tours on the hours, Thursday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., and on Sunday, 1:00 p.m.  – 5:00 p.m., with the last tour beginning at 4:00 p.m.

 

Blandford Church is now managed by the Petersburg Preservation Task Force and is open for tours on Thursday – Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., with the last tour each day at 4:00 p.m. After you visit Blandford, consider dining and shopping in Old Towne. Visit any of these websites to help you determine where to go and what to do next:

Restaurants: visit http://petersburgpreservationtaskforce.com/tourism/restaurants/

Petersburg Regional tourism

And remember, Virginia is for Lovers! Visit us at www.virginia.org or @virginia.org

Written by Clay Hamner for The Petersburg Preservation Task Force.

Featured image provided by Petersburg Preservation, and special thanks to John Rooney for the photography.

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