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First Presbyterian Church

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1916–1919, Ralph Adams Cram for Cram and Ferguson. 300 S. Main St.

Cram designed this Massachusetts seamfaced granite church with a gracefully proportioned square tower at the crossing and a pair of slender hexagonal towers flanking the W. 3rd Street main entrance. The interior is distinguished by spare rough-plastered walls with fumed oak woodwork in the church and chestnut in the chapel. A dramatic Gothic arch soars above the altar at the east, lit by a large stained glass window. The windows in the chancel and above the rear balcony are by Pittsburgh-trained Charles Connick of Boston, a frequent Cram collaborator. Cram chose five Pennsylvania churches to illustrate in The Work of Cram and Ferguson, Architects (1929). Three are in western Pennsylvania, Holy Rosary ( AL104) and Calvary Episcopal ( AL108) in Pittsburgh and this church, which is illustrated on plates 41–44 of Cram's book.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "First Presbyterian Church", [Greensburg, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-WE8.

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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, 216-216.

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