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Grace at Calvary Lutheran Church (Calvary Evangelical Presbyterian Church)

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Calvary Evangelical Presbyterian Church
1897–1902, attributed to William Boyd and Sons. 123 E. Diamond St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

The sandstone church on the town square opposite the Courthouse ( BU1) is credited in the church minutes to William Boyd and Sons, contractors. However, a church history written in 1902 gives credit to Thomas Boyd and Son of Pittsburgh. Thomas Boyd died in 1902, but his firm may have completed the commission. This is quite a progressive Romanesque Revival design showing the influence of medieval architecture from southwestern France. The dominant feature of the sandstone building is the solidly proportioned circular tower over the crossing that is topped with a conical roof. Its form is echoed in a smaller stair tower to the left of the entrance. A gable roof extends over the choir to the north, with a much shorter transept oriented east to west. The main entrance on the square opens directly into the Akron plan sanctuary. To the west and hidden behind the bulk of the building is an education wing built in 1960.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Grace at Calvary Lutheran Church (Calvary Evangelical Presbyterian Church)", [Butler, 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, 175-175.

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