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First Presbyterian Church

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1912, James Oliver Hogg. 902 W. Green Ave.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )
  • (The Lyda Hill Texas Collection of Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Completing the lineup of Lutcher family monuments along Green Avenue is the grandest, the First Presbyterian Church, built by H. J. Lutcher's wife, Frances Ann Robinson Lutcher. Designed by Hogg, a Kansas City architect, the church is a baroque effusion. A Greek cross in plan, with secondary wings emerging from the reentrant angles of the cross, it rises upward in balustraded stages to a bulbous, copper-faced dome. The exterior is of pink Llano granite from central Texas and the classical detailing is emphatic. Yet instead of looking somber, the church is exuberant. J. and R. Lamb Studios of New York City were responsible for the stained glass, including the interior glass dome. The Carrier air-conditioning company advertised the First Presbyterian Church as being equipped with one of its earliest installations of an air-conditioning system.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "First Presbyterian Church", [Orange, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 379-380.

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