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Christ Hamilton United Church

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1829, Peter Kester, master mason; Levi Slutter, master carpenter. Bossardsville Rd. (PA 2008), 0.6 miles east of PA 33
  • Christ Hamilton United Church

The splendid stonework complete with herringbone-patterned cornerstone inscribed with the date 1829 confirms the German authorship of this handsome church that served the Lutheran and German Reformed congregations. Records suggest that it was intended to be of brick like the sophisticated churches near Lancaster that were based on Robert Smith's Zion Church in Philadelphia (demolished), but stone was suited to the skills of master mason Peter Kester. The Flemish bond pattern of long and short stones in carefully cut and laid courses distinguishes this from the typical rubble stonework of the region. The interior's box pews and raised pulpit were the work of Levi Slutter.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Christ Hamilton United Church", [Stroudsburg, 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, 519-520.

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