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Presbyterian Church

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1934–1935, Nicklas and Rodrick. 120 N. Front St.

Led by Amos R. Harlow, the Presbyterian society organized in 1855. Five years later, a tiny wooden church with a belfry (1860) was built by Flour Brothers and Smith of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The current church stands on the site of an earlier brick and stone church that served from 1867 until destroyed by fire in August 1931. The Marquette Mining Journal for May 25, 1935, termed the church “English Gothic of the Perpendicular period.” A tower rises at the crossing of the auditorium and the education wing. The exterior walls are Lannon stone quarried in Wisconsin trimmed with Indiana limestone. Entrance is through a vestibule that opens into a narthex separated from the nave by an oak and leaded-glass screen. Floors of the vestibule, narthex, chancel, and aisles are covered with Nemadji handmade tiles in variegated colors and interlacing pattern from Minnesota. Exposed wooden trusses, beams, and rafters support the roof. A great stained glass window in the apse and ten pairs of side windows illuminate the church.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert
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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Presbyterian Church", [Marquette, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MI-01-MQ12.

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 510-510.

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