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Hotchkin, Samuel F. Rural Pennsylvania in the Vicinity of Philadelphia. Philadelphia: Geo. W. Jacobs, 1897., p. 63, 74

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Project name: Presbyterian Church at Narberth
Project types: church
Denominational affiliation: Presbyterian

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Narberth Borough, Montgomery County, PA


[In]1891, the unpretending but neat frame chapel was duly dedicated... We quote further from the Narberth Citizen: The new church will occupy the same site as the building which was burned, and is in the center of the town, only a short distance from the station, and when completed it will be a handsome addition to the architecture of Narberth. The general style of the building will be Italian Gothic, and Avondale granite will be used in the construction. The Sabbath-school department will adjoin the main auditorium, with the class-rooms so arranged that they can all be thrown open and made a part of the church proper. Under the class-rooms there will be fitted out a kitchen and dining-room. The building as a whole will be complete and up-to-date, costing in the neighborhood of $15,000. This structure is a combination of Romanesque and Queen Anne style, with a dash of Italian Gothic here and there, to carry out the general effectiveness. The exterior main portion will be of home stone laid in broken range, rock-faced work, and with deep joints. Above and working in with the stone is the cedar shingle work, with its sweeps, curves, and swells, something entirely new in this part of the country. We must congratulate Mr. J. Cather Newsom, the well-known Philadelphia architect, on the originality of this design. The main roof and tower roof will have metallic shingles, with galvanized iron ridges and finish. The tower will be ninety feet in height, and is well proportioned. There will be three entrances, two in tower, and a combined entrance for both Sunday-school and auditorium. The open truss work, and with chestnut wood finish between the trusses, together with the richly designed art glass windows, will present a very fine effect. There is room for a future gallery."


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