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Media Presbyterian Church

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1854, John McArthur Jr. 30 E. Baltimore Pike
  • (© George E. Thomas)

Among the earliest surviving landmarks of the new county seat is this splendid church that continues the Greek Revival as a national style; fittingly, its cornerstone was laid on the national holiday July 4, 1854. The facade is made memorable by two principal elements: the massive Doric portico of fluted wood columns screening a stucco and stone front whose details recall the work of McArthur's master, Thomas Ustick Walter, at Andalusia ( BU2); and a superb cylindrical tower surmounted by a gilded dome that is in turn ornamented with a gilded shooting star as a weathervane.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Media Presbyterian Church", [Media, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 224-224.

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