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Trinity United Presbyterian Church (First Presbyterian Church)

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First Presbyterian Church
1928–1930, George Espie Savage. 1103 8th Ave.

This church, which became Trinity United Presbyterian Church in 1960, was designed by Scottish-born George Espie Savage (1874–1948) of Philadelphia, one of over three hundred churches that he and, later, his son, George D. Savage, designed, primarily on the East Coast. Although the church was commissioned just before the stock market crash of 1929, the congregation spent $750,000 to build it, testifying to the strong faith and prosperity of the Presbyterian community in Beaver Falls. The plan is L-shaped, with the nave of the main church opening onto 8th Avenue and the school and chapel oriented toward 11th Street. The church seats over 700 people in the nave, and the chapel seats an additional 160 people. Savage employed fifteenth-century English Gothic for this large church, which is constructed of schist from the Fox-croft quarry at Broomall, Pennsylvania, and trimmed with Indiana limestone. The stone is tool dressed and laid with open joints, giving it a colorful appearance. A four-story bell tower at the inner corner of the ell has lancet openings on all sides, with crocketed finials at the four corners. The nave rises sixty feet from the floor to the ridge of the open timber ceiling. It is lit by luminous windows designed by R. Toland Wright of Cleveland, Ohio, with sapphire tones predominating. In the chancel, Kentucky white stone furnishings and carved oak filigree and figurative sculptures are surrounded by oak rose-studded paneling.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Trinity United Presbyterian Church (First Presbyterian Church)", [Beaver Falls, 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, 150-150.

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