When the The First United Methodist Church in Bend was built in the 1920’s, it commissioned the Povey Brothers Studio in Portland to create its windows. At the time, Povey Bothers crafted stained glass that many people compared to the work of Tiffany & Co.
The windows have been hidden from the outside by yellowed plastic coverings for many years and some of the leaded glass is bulging. Many of the windows depict scenes from the Old and New Testament, but some of the windows are a Povey Bothers specialty: localized scenes. The largest west-facing window was dedicated to a former mill manager J.P. Keyes. It features scenes of the view westward, including the Deschutes River, the Cascade Mountains and the pine forest. It was designed to represent the local area alongside religious scenes.
Church member Greg Brown, who instigated the restoration, spoke with State of Wonder about the project.
The Deschutes County Historical Society will host a presentation on the history of the Povey Brothers Studio and reveal the newly restored windows on Thursday May 22nd.