St. Michael, round window in the west façade of Grace Church (Episcopal), Amherst, MA. Clayton & Bell. 1924 (replacing a window of 1865). [Closer view of the dragon].

The church's own website explains that the cornerstone of the stone-built Gothic Revival church was laid on 25 July 1865, and that it was designed by English émigré Henry Dudley, who was "[a] major figure in mid-19th century Gothic Revival church design in America": "His use of gneiss from Pelham accords with his ecclesiological principle of clear and honest use of materials. On March 2, 1866 the first service was held in the church and on July 17, 1867, the building was consecrated by the Bishop of Massachusetts. The Bell Tower was added in 1868."

Photographs by Ken Samonds, with text and and formatting by Jacqueline Banerjee. You may use the images without prior permission for any scholarly or educational purpose as long as you (1) credit the photographer and (2) link your document to this URL in a web document or cite the Victorian Web in a print one. [Click on the images to enlarge them.]


"History." Grace Episcopal Church. Web. 2 December 2023.

Samonds. Ken. A Slant of Light: The Stained-Glass Windows of Grace Church. Pbk. Amherst: Combray House Books, 2022.

Created 2 December 2023