This is a fine example of a Gothic Revival brick church with asymmetrical steeples, pointed-arched windows, and buttressed walls. The smaller of the two towers has an unusual convex spire. Unlike the other churches that front on the diamond, this church faces a side street. From the 1930s, a series of flat-roofed, brick additions has enlarged the educational wing. The original church was designed by an interesting Meadville pair: Colonel Phineas B. Carpenter (1827–1904), a Russian-born Civil War veteran, and his carpenter partner Orville C. Matthews. They partnered in 1867, and by 1874, as they began work on this church, were advertising themselves as “architects, builders and contractors” working on courthouses and churches. Their partnership ended the following year, but Carpenter continued as a builder in the region until 1892.
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First Presbyterian Church
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