This Carpenter's Gothic church is the oldest surviving religious structure in Virginia City. The congregation obtained land for the building through insider stock trading that yielded enough funds to obtain the site and pay for construction. The church's board-and-batten construction is formalized by the large size of the battens and the application of paint (for it is certain that the building was always painted). Few board-and-batten churches are found in Nevada, as this method of construction was usually reserved for utilitarian buildings such as stables or sheds. Little of the original interior remains, but the tall facade, culminating in a narrow bell tower, stands out on South C Street.
You are here
First Presbyterian Church
If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.
SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.