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United Church of Christ (First Reformed German Church)

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First Reformed German Church
1837, Andrew D. Caldwell; 1967 restored, P. Richard Frantz. N. 4th and Race sts.

The Reformed congregation, a German branch of Presbyterianism, was founded in Philadelphia in 1734 and acquired this site in the next decade. Pehr Kalm in 1750 described their original building as being of hexagonal plan like a Stockholm church. The present building reflects Quaker models in its north-facing orientation and its almost total absence of ornament on a simple brick, gable-roofed building. Converted to a paint factory and later a warehouse, it was restored by the United Church of Christ.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "United Church of Christ (First Reformed German Church)", [Philadelphia, 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, 54-54.

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