ST. PAUL'S LUTHERAN CHURCH--DES PERES, MO

Title of Installation:

Tiled "east wall" of the old chancel, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Des Peres, MO

Materials Used:

Ceramic tiles

General Description:

The "east wall" of the chancel of the church consists of a polychrome tile mural of Jesus with a golden cross behind him, and a background of blue tiles, some with religious symbolism.

"This particular tile was the backdrop for the altar of 

the old church but is no longer used for that... . It's currently being used as the choir library."1


Technical Information (Size,mfg., etc.):

The tiles were manufactured by the Mosaic Tile Company of Zanesville, OH.2 

This building was designed by the well-known church architect Theodore Steinmeyer.3


Year Created:

Donald Meyer, the Archivist of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, emailed that he has "...a Book[,] no. 106, printed [in 1939]...with picture of our Mosaic on the front cover. I think this book was printed...by The Carlyle Tile Co., Zanesville[/]Ironton, Ohio."3 (According to a 1943 issue of News in Engineering, a controlling interest in the Carlyle Tile Co. was purchased by the Mosaic Tile Co. in 1935.)

Year Installed, if different:

c. October, 19383

Does Installation Still Exist?

Yes

Location of Installation:

In the choir library of the "old" church, which was built in 1938.

Additional Information, Websites, Citations:

1Email from Marie Jakle, Public Relations Director, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, to Michael Padwee, dated 27 March 2012.

2Helen Stiles, Pottery in the United States, E.P. Dutton & Co., New York, NY, 1941, p. 294.

3Email from Donald Meyer, Archivist, St. Paul's Lutheran Church, to Michael Padwee, dated 15 April 2012.

Color photos courtesy of St. Paul's Lutheran Church (http://stpaulsdesperes.org/).

Submitted by and Year:

Submitted by Michael Padwee (tileback101'at'collector.org) in March 2012 with the help of St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Des Peres, MO.