Gladden Window

Photo Credit above: Peter John Gates

Designed and built by Oliver Smith, Bryn Athyn, Pennsylvania.
The gift of Mrs. Frank L. Hughes and Mrs. Edward B. Merkle
In memory of Frank L. Hughes.
This window interprets the two central ideas -in the message of the
Rev. Dr. Washington Gladden, minister of this Church from 1882 to 1918
-Charity and Justice. These are presented in the two large central
figures and also by the small figures at the top.
In the lancet at the left of the large figure of "Charity" the three
upper medallions represent the three principal expressions of CharityThe
Friendly Visitor, The Ministry to the Sick, and Feeding the Hungry.
At the right of the large figure of "Justice" are three medallions
which suggest those conceptions of social justice emphasized by Dr. Gladden:
The Co-operation of Capital and Labor; Arbitration of Industrial
Disputes; Citizenship.
The four lower medallions, which serve as a praedella for the whole
window, are personally commemorative of Dr. Gladden. Beginning at the
left are seen - The Gladden Pulpit used for so many years in the old
church; The Gladden Study in the old Tower; The Hills of Williamstown
reminiscent of the Williams hymn "The Mountains" which he wrote
for his Alma Mater; and at the extreme right, the hymn "O Master, Let
Me Walk With Thee" which has carried Dr. Gladden's name throughout
the world.
Gladden Window – Charity and Justice, Photo Credit: Joe Bellissimo

The above from a scan of the original 1931 Descriptive Guide
(from the collection of the Rev. Dr. Timothy Ahrens)

  • Gladden Window - Charity and Justice
The Columbus Dispatch December 6th, 1931