+ Langdon Chapel +

        LET us move now into the west aisle chapel. This was built with the Parish House in 1910, but it was not until 1927 that it became the beautiful chapel it is today. The furnishings were donated by and in memory of the Langdon Family (a carved wooden panel to the left of the altar records this). Of note is the paneling, the three-sided screen around the altar, the three-sided altar rail with kneeling angels at the ends, and the carved screen with tracery above.

        Visitors usually find that the five painted panels of the reredos are the most interesting part of the chapel. Like the reredos in the east aisle chapel, this is the work of the first rector's wife, Julia Addison, whose memorial inscription you saw on a column near the Beacon Street entrance.

        On the extreme left is St. Alban of Vernlam, a Roman soldier in ancient Britain who, at the cost of his life and to save another, declared himself a Christian. Here he bears a sword and a palm, symbol of martyrdom. Next to St. Alban is St. Barbara, who was incarcerated by her fa-ther for her faith. Prison towers stand symbolically in her hand. In the central panel an angel administers the Communion Chalice to a congregation of the saints. Continuing to the right is St. Elizabeth of Hungary who, according to legend, transformed bread into roses. On the extreme right is St. Augustine of Canterbury (not the St. Augustine seen at the high altar), here entering Canterbury with his banner.

        Above the reredos you will see the organ chamber. The first organ at All Saints was given by "thirty men of the Parish" in January 1900, and electrified in 1926. The current instrument is a Casavant pipe organ donated in March of 1961 memorializing two founding members of the Parish, John Avery and Elizabeth Holmes Baldwin.

The Langdon Chapel and the Organ
The Langdon Chapel and the Organ

        Turn now to face the center of the nave. Upon the occasion of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of All Saints Parish, in 1969, it was decided to install a nave altar. The purpose was to bring the clergy and the congregation closer together. The hanging cross, the communion rail and the altar were all designed by John Doran of Hoyle, Doran & Berry of Boston. The brass lectern is the original lectern used in the Langdon Chapel.

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+ West Aisle Chapel +

        THREE windows are located in the west wall of the west aisle chapel. The two on the left are the Champlin Windows. George and Julia Champlin not only donated these two historic windows, but, in their wills, left instructions to pay the remaining $50,000 mortgage on the original church and build the present rectory.

        The left-hand window is in Mr. Champlin's memory and is Charles Connick's "first representative window." It led to numerous other commissions.

        The theme of this 1910 window is Four Great Christians of the First Century.

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George Hobron Champlin Memorial Window

        Connick visited and studied in Chartres Cathedral, and some of what he learned is visible in the central window -- the 1912 Julia Champlin Memorial Window. You can easily discern the change in the size of glass pieces and intense colors utilized. One critic called this window the "finest example of European antique glaziery in this country."

        Two fathers of the Greek Church and two Virgin Martyrs are represented in this window.

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Julia M. Champlin Memorial Window

        THE third of this trio of west aisle chapel windows is the Saltonstall Window. The famous anecdote associated with this window is that Mrs. Charles K. B. Nevin, the donor, wanted the theme of the window to be Four Women of the Bible; however, she found that she was "hard-pressed to find four women she approved of." The results of the Connick Associates' search are seen in the window.

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Saltonstall Memorial Window

        TURNING to the right, on the back wall of the Langdon Chapel, you can see the newest window in All Saints Parish and the last window produced by Connick Associates. The Pepper Memorial Window was dedicated on September 14, 1986, at a service in which many of the Connick Associates were present.

        In the 1950s, a sketch was made by the Connick Associates for the small window that faces the Langdon Chapel. It would be dedicated to the Rectors of All Saints Parish and emphasized the sacraments in its design. Funds were not forthcoming, so the window was never fabricated (Click here to view the sketch).

        Henry Pepper, a long-time member of All Saints, provided the money in his will for this window. It combines the secular with the spiritual in a unique way for All Saints -- no Saints are depicted

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Pepper Memorial Window


+ West Aisle +

        LEAVING the chapel, proceed along the west aisle toward the rear of the church. The large stained-glass window on your left has been described as "stylistically the finest in the church." It is a memorial to the wife of Edward D. Ver Planck and was dedicated in 1923. This window was designed by Charles Connick to be allegorical in subject matter.

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Ver Planck Memorial Window

        Just beyond the Ver Planck Window is a memorial tablet for Lawrence Whitcomb. He was elected to the vestry at the very first Parish meeting on November 1, 1894, and served for eighteen years.

        Looking up, above the door, is The Rectors Window, the newest stained glass window at All Saints. It was donated anonymously and fabricated at the Willet Studio in Philadelphia. The Window is an abstract design which expresses the dynamic beauty of God's creation and the involvement of God's priestly people moving forward into the new millennium. Surrounding the central design, the window links the nine past and current rectors to Melchizedek, the high priest who ministered to Abraham in Genesis 14:18 and who is invoked in Psalm 110:4: "You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek".

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The Rectors Window

        Continuing along the aisle, turn right at the last pew and look at the octagonal Baptismal Font of stone. It was given in memory of Charlotte Sanger and inscribed "Blessed are the pure in heart." The exquisitely carved wooden canopy was given as a thank-offering for the recovery of the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Eben C. Stanwood. The font and canopy were both designed by Bertram Goodhue. This is the third location for the font: originally placed about fifteen feet east; then, in 1926, moved to the east transept; and finally, in 1969 to its present location.

        The following letter was sent by Bertram Goodhue to All Saints' first Rector:

Dear Mr. Addison:

     In spite of my best endeavors, I am unable to reduce the price of the font cover below $600. I spent some time very sorrowfully cutting out things in the hope that I could get it down to the amount you named, but in spite of this, the lowest figure Irving & Casson can manage to give is $600. Must I make some material modification such as will injure the design vitally or do you think that the people who are giving the money would be willing to pay another $100? It seems a great pity that the thing should not be finished as designed.

     As for the font, Mr. Evans now has the full size drawing in his hands and has already sent for the stone, which, since there is very little of it in the world, it takes some time to get. His price is $497., and I have written him a formal letter of authorization.

                           -- Bertram Goodhue

The Font

        TURN around and face the west wall again. In the corner is the Sophie Langdon Tyler Memorial Window, designed by Wilbur Herbert Burnham and donated by her son, the Reverend Barrett P. Tyler, Rector of this Parish from 1920 to 1932. It was dedicated on All Saints Day, 1956, and depicts the theme Companions of Jesus.

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Tyler Memorial Window

How did the Tyler Window come to be?

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        Look now at the rear wall of the church. You will see a wooden panel in memory of parishioner Kate Willis Spencer. Behind this panel are light switches -- which is appropriate because Ms. Spencer was known for directing Parish pageants and theatricals.
        To the right is a beautifully carved alms-box. If you look closely at the carved pattern of this box and then compare it to the tracery of the font canopy, you will note the similarity. Offerings put in this box are traditionally used to help the needy in the Parish and community.

        Looking up you will see the largest window in the building. In the 1950s, it was thought that this window could become a "Lamb of God" Window.

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        Turn around and look at the last supporting column nearest you. Here, opposite the column dedicated to his wife, is a tribute to the first Rector, Daniel Dulany Addison. In a very real sense, All Saints Parish was his vision and his creation one hundred years ago. The Latin inscription is a copy of a dedication to Sir Christopher Wren in St. Paul's Cathedral, London. The translation is: "If you desire a memorial, look around you."

        All Saints Parish is also a memorial to many hundreds more who, through gifts large and small, have made it possible to stand in this beautiful edifice -- still alive with the spiritual values that go beyond that which a mere structure can provide.

                          -- Richard Thomas Montross

The Rectors Of All Saints Parish


The Rev. Daniel Dulany Addison, D.D.
1894 -- 1919

The Rev. Barrett P. Tyler, D.D.
1920 -- 1932

The Rev. Allen W. Clark
1933 -- 1938

The Rev. Harold Bend Sedgwick
1938 -- 1947

The Rev. Junius J. Martin
1948 -- 1953

The Rev. Louis W. Pitt, Jr.
1954 -- 1972

The Rev. W. Christian Koch
1973 -- 1982

The Rev. Nathaniel W. Pierce
1984 -- 1989

The Rev. David A. Killian, D. Min.
1992 -- 1999

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