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First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ

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1864–1865, C. H. M. McKelvey. 23 W. Washington St.

This very elaborate Gothic Revival church built at the end of the Civil War is enriched with tracery, a rose window, and prominent stone-trimmed corbeling. A pair of large square towers flank the gabled facade; one has a tall steeple and the other terminates with decorative crenellations, and both have entrances at their bases. The masonry was completed by P. Ross Berry, who was responsible for the Lawrence County Courthouse brickwork ( LA1). A large three-story, gabled, educational wing was added to the east elevation in 1911. The church, sited on New Castle's diamond, today called Kennedy Square, enhances the historic qualities of the space.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "First Christian Church, Disciples of Christ", [New Castle, 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, 549-549.

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