Stained Glass Windows at the Story Inn

When you visit Story, you will see some lovely old stained glass windows in the General Store. Despite the fact that these windows match the vintage of the building, they were not originally part of it.

At the entrance, you will find three panels, the center panel having a Gothic style top, flanked by two rectangular panels. These windows were acquired in the 1970’s by Benjamin and Cynthia Schultz, who successfully converted the building from a country store into an inn. They purchased all three windows upon the demolition of St. John’s Evangelical and Reform Church at Sanders Street and Leonard Street in Indianapolis during construction at Southport Road and 31st Street. The left panel (as viewed from inside the restaurant) reads “Y. P. L. 1918” and the right panel reads “Geo. Burck, Family” in apparent reference to the church’s benefactors.

To the left of the three-panel entrance, suspended from the ceiling, you will see two lovely rectangular windows with no markings. These windows were originally in the Central Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Yellow Springs, Ohio, near Dayton. The congregation was founded in 1866 by Reverend Charley Jones. Yellow Springs had a vibrant African-American community and was a stop on the Underground Railroad prior to the Civil War. To the best of our knowledge, the windows were installed in 1911, fifteen years after the construction of the new church at Davis and High Streets in 1896. One of our patrons rescued four large windows when that historic edifice fell victim to the wrecking ball in 1972.

The windows were in rough shape, but a local artist, Rob Rogers, took the lead in cleaning and restoring all four panels. The first two went on display in the restaurant on Thanksgiving Day, 2005. These elegant windows are of great significance to the African-American community in the Midwest. Our deepest thanks to Professor Nick Crome for sharing them with us and our guests.