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First United Church of Christ (First Reformed Church)

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First Reformed Church
1776; 1832, Thomas Ustick Walter. 29 N. 3rd St.
  • (© George E. Thomas)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Before it was used as a church, the building served as a Revolutionary War hospital; it also was the site of the last Indian Treaty Council in 1777. The original structure was a two-story rubble stone Georgian building, its gable roof parallel to the street. Walter added the tower in brick and stuccoed the entire ensemble to conceal the joint. Walter's spire was completed by the high square belfry topped by an octagonal drum inset with clocks on four sides, all surmounted by a slender steeple. Later “restoration” efforts removed the stucco. Around the corner at Spring Garden and Sitgreaves streets is Trinity Episcopal Church (1874), a vigorous Ruskinian Gothic by New Yorker Charles C. Haight.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "First United Church of Christ (First Reformed Church)", [Easton, 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, 264-264.

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