Buildings and History
The bell tower of St. Mary's is the most distinctive architectural landmark in all of Wayne. This substantial tower is square, and has a round turret on the northwest corner, which extends from the ground to the top of the tower. Inside the turret is a spiral staircase,which begins in the basement of the church and extends all the way to the top of the tower. The top of the tower has an open area where ten bronze
bells are mounted on very large beams. Above this open area the tower is completed with a central spire,and four small corner spires. At the top of the central spire is a copper weather vane, in the shape of a fish, the early of Christian community.
The McShane Bell Foundry of Baltimore, MD cast the bronze bells,and they are pitched to the following scale: E, F#, G#, A, B, C#, D, D#, E, F#. Each bell is inscribed with the date Easter 1891, plus the names of persons memorialized and donors. Four of the bells were presented as family memorials (the names inscribed on the bells), three are inscribed as Congregation Easter 1891, one as Thank-Offering Easter 1891, and one as Childrens Bell Easter 1891. The largest bell, inscribed Rector's Bell, was given by the first rector, Thomas Conrad, D.D. This is the bells that tolls the hours,and also rings at the elevation of the Eurcharist. The bells play through an automatic ringing device, which rings the Westminster Chimes peal, plus the hours from 8 A.M. to 8 P.M., and hymns at noon and 5:30 P.M. The bells can also be played by means of a small keyboard located in the choir gallery.
Windows & Ornaments
In 1973 Frances Neail Randall and Charles E. N. Hoffacker assembled a book showing the beauty and proclaiming the stories and history of the Stained Glass windows and art artifacts in the sanctuary of St. Mary's. Soon after the restoration of the sanctuary after the fire of 1969, the book "Inside St. Mary's: The symbolism of the Stained Glass Windows and Other Ornaments" pays tribute to the art and decorative ornament in the newly resurrected sanctuary.
A PDF copy of the book can be found here.