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Grace Presbyterian Church

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1910–1911, Vrydaugh and Wolfe. 150 N. Jefferson St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

This is a fine example of Richardsonian Romanesque, a style popular in the region in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Although Martin U. Vrydaugh (dates unknown) and Thomas B. Wolfe (1860–1923) were known for their Gothic Revival designs, the tower, the rough-hewn stone of the door and window surrounds, and the roofline all follow H. H. Richardson and his imitators. Inside are exquisite Tiffany windows, most notably the superb Jane Ross Reynolds Memorial Window on the north wall of the sanctuary that depicts the figure of Truth in luminescent blue tones surrounded by jewels. An education wing added in 1956 to the N. Jefferson Street side of this corner church had little effect on the exterior appearance of the older building. However, the church's groin-vaulted interior was almost completely remade in 1968 with new lighter woodwork and plastered ceilings.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Grace Presbyterian Church", [Kittanning, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 190-191.

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