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First Presbyterian Church

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1960, Henry Steinbomer. 800 W. Texas Ave.

Steinbomer of San Antonio designed the congregation’s new church to replace an earlier building by Haynes and Kirby of Lubbock. The buff brick church has a shallow gabled facade and an attached bell tower. The bell tower is battered in profile and accented with a central stone buttress on each side and flush stone quoins. A tall metal-clad fleche resembles a rocket as much as a belfry. The sharp-edged forms, shallow buttresses, and angled cornices, constructed with modern materials of tile and stainless steel, reflect Steinbomer’s continuing effort to translate traditional church forms into modern forms, begun in earlier churches in Raymondville and Del Rio. The entrance portico is a severe abstraction of that classical motif, with stainless steel-wrapped columns and a thin raking cornice in place of a pediment.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 458-458.

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