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St. John's United Church of Christ (Reformed Church)

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Reformed Church
1907, Charles W. Bolton. 236 E. Market St.

Philadelphian Bolton, whose career spanned from upstate New York to Virginia, and as far west as Tulsa, Oklahoma, made the transition from late Victorian to the more accurate replications of English late medieval styles in the manner of Cram, Goodhue and Ferguson. The presence of buildings such as this, a workman-like English Gothic scheme in local blue marble, marks the end of regional identity and the shift to a national architectural culture carried by national journals and church organizations. The unconventional meeting of New England wood building and German design is evident in the Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, called the “Old Red Church,” located at the intersection of PA 61 and PA 443. Built in 1883, it is a frame and clapboard version of the upright German church, rendered more vertical and spiky than usual.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "St. John's United Church of Christ (Reformed Church)", [Orwigsburg, 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, 445-445.

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