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First Presbyterian Church

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1905. 501 Church St.

Small frame Gothic Revival churches, such as this example, once dotted Arkansas’s small towns, but few remain, usually having been replaced with more mundane brick edifices. Here two broad cross-gabled sections are joined by a tall corner bell tower with entrances on two sides. The focal points on both the Church and Market street facades are unusually intricate tripartite arched windows with stained glass crowned with curved interlaced molding creating lancet-shaped arches. Much of the interior remains unaltered, including the ornately carved oak pews and the spindlework frieze above the raised platform of the chancel. This church was constructed to accommodate one of the earliest congregations established in the fledgling lumber town of Stamps. It is one of the few remaining churches in the county that was built during the timber industry boom.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors
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Cyrus A. Sutherland with Gregory Herman, Claudia Shannon, Jean Sizemore Jeannie M. Whayne and Contributors, "First Presbyterian Church", [Stamps, Arkansas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/AR-01-LA4.

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Cover: Buildings of Arkansas

Buildings of Arkansas, Cyrus A. Sutherland and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2018, 190-191.

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