The cordiality begins at the bright and airy entrance, where you and your guests can gather for greetings and farewells. From here, turn left into the Narthex, the burgundy-carpeted gallery that opens onto the Sanctuary. In this intimate space, two beautiful stained-glass windows let in filtered daylight, making it an ideal location for a gift table or guest book.
Step from the Narthex into the Sanctuary, a “wow”-inspiring hall with soaring arches, gothic detailing and rows of burgundy-upholstered pews. (NOTE: Some time in 2015, the old pews will be replaced. The new pews will compliment the beauty of the sanctuary.) Its grandeur is accentuated by ten stained-glass windows, described as “some of the finest west of the Mississippi,” and a large chandelier which illuminate the darkly wooded interior, lending it a feeling of splendor that is equal parts solemnity and warmth. The recently restored original hardwood floors offer excellent acoustic for your music. The setting communicates dignity, intimacy, and God’s glory. St. John’s is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Sanctuary sits 350 maximum.
HISTORIC ORGAN/STEINWAY CONCERT GRAND PIANO
Behind the pulpit and ample stage, an elegant choir loft and magnificent, newly restored Johnson organ (purchased by the church in 1870), suggest the significant role that music has always played in St. John’s ministry. Our Johnson Organ was built in Massachusetts, transported around Cape Horn and installed in 1872. Its refurbishment was completed in 1999. A Steinway grand piano is also on hand. If you would like to use the organ for your ceremony, please contact the office for a list of organists.