Historic Places

Stained Glass at All Souls Church in Biltmore Village


All Souls stained glass Biltmore Village
Stained glass at All Souls in Biltmore Village, North Carolina. By Maitland Armstrong and Helen Maitland Armstrong, c. 1896. The windows are dedicated to (l-r): Richard Morris Hunt, Maria Vanderbilt, Clarence Barker.

All Souls church (now the Episcopal Cathedral of Western North Carolina) is located in Biltmore Village, North Carolina, a settlement that used to be part of Biltmore Estate but is now a separate entity. The Vanderbilts had Richard Morris Hunt design the church, and they paid for its construction. It was completed in 1896, the year after the house. All Souls was where the Vanderbilts worshipped and where their daughter, Cornelia, was married in 1924.

All Souls Biltmore Village stained glass
Stained glass windows at All Souls in Biltmore Village, NC. By Maitland Armstrong and Helen Maitland Armstrong, c. 1899-1903. Windows dedicated to (l-r): Frederick Law Olmsted, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Paul Ford.

I visited All Souls to see its stained glass, and it didn’t disappoint. There’s lots of it, and it’s really beautiful. The Vanderbilts commissioned stained glass windows for the church to commemorate departed friends and family. Most of these windows are in the church’s small transept. One of the two largest windows is dedicated to George’s mother Maria. I also spotted windows dedicated to Biltmore architect Richard Morris Hunt, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, and George’s dear friend Clarence Barker. You can see all of them here on the church’s website. The memorial windows are easy to see, and they all depict Biblical scenes in some way relevant to the person being memorialized. There are also some single-figure windows in the second floor of the tower. I couldn’t see them in any detail from the ground, but the glimpses I got looked beautiful

All Souls Biltmore Village tower windows
Some of the stained glass windows in the tower of All Souls in Biltmore Village, NC. This was the best view I could get.

The All Souls windows were designed and made by father-daughter team of Maitland Armstrong (1836-1918) and Helen Maitland Armstrong (1869-1948), who may get their own post in the future.

Click here to read about the rest of my experience at Biltmore and its environs.

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4 thoughts on “Stained Glass at All Souls Church in Biltmore Village

  1. Thanks. I have visited Biltmore on several occasions but never have visited the church.

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