Inside the Old Stone Church

One of Tiffany's stain glass windows in the Old Stone Church

Today we take a look at one of the buildings to be featured on our Cleveland From the Inside walking tour. This tour will focus exclusively on the interiors of some of Cleveland’s coolest buildings. We will start with the Old Stone Church, the oldest building on Public Square. The congregation goes back to 1820 and the current building opened in 1855.

Inside the sanctuary of the Old Stone Church you will find many beautiful stain glass windows, four of which were designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany. They span his career, with the first from 1885 and the last in 1930. The large windows on the south wall are done by John LaFarge, who was Tiffany’s mentor. All extremely impressive!

The interior of the church was designed by Charles Schweinfurth, who designed at least 14 mansions on Millionaire’s Row. The front pew and two deacon’s chairs are original. The ceiling is barrel vaulted, religiously paying homage to Noah and the ark and historically paying homage to the ship building industry in Cleveland.

See the church on our Cleveland From the Inside Tour! Available on Mondays at 1:00 pm beginning Monday, May 13, 2019.

The sanctuary of the Old Stone Church on Public Square in Cleveland.