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First Presbyterian Church

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1890, James P. Bailey. 252 College Ave.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

James Bailey practiced architecture in the area from the 1870s through 1900, and designed Old Main at Geneva College in Beaver Falls ( BE29), as well as the Butler County Courthouse of 1886 ( BU1). From the rhythm of the arches and the design of the square corner tower to the foliated capitals, his design for this gray, rock-faced sandstone church recalls H. H. Richardson's Allegheny County Courthouse and Jail in Pittsburgh ( AL1). Sculptural ornament in foliate and geometric patterns is integral to the design. A large educational wing north of the church is executed in stone in a compatible style.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "First Presbyterian Church", [Beaver, 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, 136-136.

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