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Presbyterian Church

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1894–1895, Wagner and Reitmeyer. 235 S. Main St.

This is the fourth building for a congregation organized in 1793. With a tower soaring 102 feet above the surrounding buildings, the church stands out as Jersey Shore's tallest and most dramatic building. The texture of the random rock-faced sandstone and the outline of the large south cross gable and the hipped-roof rear church hall all contribute to the church's picturesque qualities. The pyramidal-roofed tower is the most dominant element, and more so before the conical-roofed turret that rose above the tower was destroyed by lightning in 1983. The church has an amphitheater plan; the two large stained glass windows were created by Capital City Art Glass and Decoration Company of Columbus, Ohio. Wagner and Reitmeyer formed a partnership in 1893; it dissolved in 1898, a year before Wagner's death. Reitmeyer practiced on his own until about 1911, after which he served in Williamsport city government for the next twenty years.

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Author: 
George E. Thomas
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George E. Thomas, "Presbyterian Church", [Jersey Shore, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-02-LY24.

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, 578-578.

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