Tiffany Talk and Tour

February 1, 2020

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Tour three Atlanta churches to view their stained-glass windows, especially those that were created by Louis C. Tiffany. Learn details of their history and significance in a lecture by Tiffany historian Josh Probert PhD, currently of Salt Lake City, Utah. Join us from 9 AM until 3 PM on February 1, 2020, for a tour of All Saints’ Episcopal Church, North Avenue Presbyterian Church, and First Presbyterian Church of Atlanta, with a box lunch midday.

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Due to limited parking at each church, suggested methods of travel between North Avenue Presbyterian and First Presbyterian are car pools, Marta (North Avenue station and Arts Center station), Uber and Lyft. Please plan ahead.

Space is limited. 

Varietal musical selections played on magnificent organs will enhance your ecclesiastical viewing experience at each church. Here is a brief description of each organ installation:

All Saints’ Episcopal installed their latest organ in the late 1990’s. They chose Buzard Pipe Organ Builders of Champaign, Illinois to build the new instrument, and Chapman Coyle Chapman Architects of Atlanta, Georgia was selected to manage the overall project. The Spray Foundation, created by the Kenan family, provided principal funding for the new All Saints’ organ.

At North Avenue Presbyterian Church, the selection of Fratelli Ruffatti to install a 3-manual 44-rank organ in 1973 was guided by Mrs. Emily Spivey, former North Avenue organist and future namesake of Spivey Hall. Miller Organ Services made revisions in 1994 followed by a new console and overhaul in 2018 by Cornel Zimmer Organ Builders.  This recent work coincided with extensive renovations of the Sanctuary and stained-glass window restoration.

The organ at First Presbyterian Church was Built and subsequently enlarged by organ builders Pilcher (1919), Möller (1969), Zimmer (1992) and Klais/Schlueter (2018). It currently features a total of 112 ranks in 10 divisions, a large variety of orchestral solo voices, and five choruses of mixtures. The Syndyne control system includes many state-of-the-art features, such as programmable pedal divide, custom couplers, and sostenuto on all four manuals of the main console.

Josh Probert Ph.D

Josh Probert PhD is a historian specializing in American history and American decorative arts, emphasizing the material culture of religion. A native of central Utah, he attended Brigham Young University and has a master’s degree from the Program in Religion and the Arts at Yale University. At Yale he was awarded the top student prize, the Dominique de Menil Scholar of Religion and the Arts.

In 2014 Josh received his PhD in American history from the University of Delaware in cooperation with the Winterthur Museum. His dissertation, “Gilded Religion in the Age of Tiffany, 1877 – 1932,” was a cultural history of the ecclesiastical furnishings produced by Tiffany Studios, including some in Atlanta.

Josh is currently a fellow at the Maxwell Institute of Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University and works as a historic interiors consultant to the LDS Church on the renovation of some of the church’s nineteenth-century temples.

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933)

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848 – 1933) was an American artist with a prodigious output in multiple media, both as an individual and as president of Tiffany Studios, one of the most prestigious interior furnishing firms in the nation.

Trained originally as a painter, he branched out into the decorative arts early in his career. He believed that differentiating between “fine” and “applied or decorative” arts was artificial, and sought to collapse them into a unity of aesthetic design. Religious commissions accounted for the majority of the firm’s work. Hundreds of artisans worked in cooperation with clergy and donors to create custom woodwork, mosaics, metalwork, and stained glass windows.

His furnishings remain in hundreds of American churches as testaments to a time when good taste was tantamount to Christian virtue and memorial furnishings were popular ways to express class, piety, and sentiment.

Daily Agenda

FEBRUARY 1, 2020

9:00 – 9:30  –  Check-in at All Saints’ Episcopal Church

          9:30 – 11:00 – Dr. Probert lectures at All Saints’

          11:30 – 12:30 – Dr. Probert lectures at North Avenue Pres.

           12:30 – 1:45  –  Lunch is served at North Avenue Pres.

           2:00 – 3:00  –  Dr. Probert lectures at First Presbyterian Church