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Hotchkin, Samuel F. The York Road, Old and New. Philadelphia: Binder & Kelly, 1892., p. 76

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Project name: St. Martin's Church
Project types: church

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"This beautiful & architectural bldg. is constructed of stone, and its high location on Oak Lane amidst attractive scenery make it a delightful spot. There is a receses chancel, containing a window representing the Ascension of Our Lord. The bldg. is lighted by electricity. The woodwork is beautifully displayed on the roof of the church & chancel. There is a clerestory & the windows are Gothic. A brass lectern and a worthy altar adorn the chancel. The following notice is from The Philadelphia Inquirer of November 7th, A.D., 1889: NEW CHURCH AT OAK LANE. Oak Lane is to have a new church, and it is to be called St. Martin's...In the early part of 1887 a number of residents came together to see what could be done to establish a church in the immediate neighborhood...copper restings, will be used. The plan of the church is of a cruciform shape and the style of architecture, early English Gothic. The design shows careful study, complete equipoise and rugged strength. On Oak Lane the bldg. will extend 50 feet and on Moss Street 110 feet. The cloisters are 16 x 11 feet, vestibule & the guild room 11 x 11 feet. The nave is 67 x 32 feet. From the vestibule access may be had to the nave, Sunday School room and the guild room. The organ, choir chamber, vestry and robin rooms are well arranged. Two steps lead to the chancel and one step from the chancel to the sanctuary, where the altar will stand on its platform of 3 steps. A lofty rood screen is to be placed under the chancel arch. The wood used in the screen, furnishings and pews will be of polished oak. All of the modern sanitationary appliances will be introduced to secure comfort to the 300 worshippers. The ventilation is to be secured from the tower, which is 70 feet high. Work is to be commences as soon as contracts can be made"


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