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First Presbyterian Church

Engineer / Architect: Nathan G. Starkwether
Location: West Madison Street and Park Avenue
Baltimore, MD
Year Built: 1853
Structural Form: Gothic Church, structural cast iron, timber trusses, masonry ribbed gothic vaulting
Historical Details: This was the fourth church built for this congregation, which formed in 1764, but the first church built on this site.
Technical Details: Structural cast iron is used throughout the church and was supplied by the Patapsco Bridge and Iron Works of Baltimore, Wendell Bollman's company. One such location for cast iron is in the spire, which was added in 1873. Much of the cast iron, however, like the timber scissor trusses in the roof, is hidden by the vaulting.
Image Source(s): Rachel Sangree
References: J. Dorsey and J.D. Dilts, A Guide to Baltimore Architecture (Third Edition), Tidewater Publishers, Centreville, MD (1997), p. 129;
M.E Hayward and F.R. Shivers, Jr., the Architecture of Baltimore: An Illustrated History, The Johns Hopkins University Press, Baltimore (2004), p. 139;
Historic American Buildings Survey, First Presbyterian Church. HABS No. MD-195. Retrieved April 18 from: Link

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