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First Presbyterian Church

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1890. 4th Ave. (northwest corner of 4th St.)

This shingled Queen Anne Style church was restored in 1986 behind a large construction sign reading “GOD AT WORK.” The Reverend George M. Darley, Colorado's most prominent pioneer Presbyterian minister, founded the congregation in 1877 and spearheaded erection of this building twenty-three years later, using plans furnished by the Presbyterian Erection Board in Philadelphia. The church has suffered heavy fire damage, additions, and alterations, including installation of a steeple for the schoolhouse bell after the town's original school was demolished in 1938. Palladian windows and a red metal roof help unify somewhat disparate parts.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "First Presbyterian Church", [Ouray, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 574-574.

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