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First Reformed Church United Church of Christ

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1851–1854, Jacob Wall; 1877. 40 E. Orange St.
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Wall's design could be considered a late colonial survival or an early Colonial Revival, but either way it marks the continuing importance of the Revolutionary heritage in Lancaster. The pair of towers suggests the usual German two-towered facade, but the facade's details and both towers are diminutives of Abraham Colladay's steeple for the Lutheran congregation ( LA14). Baltimore architect Wall proposed the two-towered facade on the grounds that greater effect could be achieved for less cost than a single great tower. The interior is notable for its shallow plaster dome that spreads sound in the nearly square hall that is richly hued in the Victorian mode.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


What's Nearby


George E. Thomas, "First Reformed Church United Church of Christ", [Lancaster, 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, 318-318.

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