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A Stone Church for $6,000, 1893

Scientific American, Architects and Builders Edition.

Image source: Scientific American, Architects and Builders Edition (New York, Munn and Co., February 1893), page 16 (description), page 27 (photo, floor plan)

Addresses in view: 198 Elmwood Ave. (†2023)

modern view of the historical image seen from the same viewpoint

Scientific American, Architects and Builders Edition (February 1893)

Caption: A stone church for $6,000. - See page 16.

Our engraving on page 27 represents the First Baptist Church, recently completed at Warberth [sic] Park, Pa. The design is unique. It is of the Gothic style of architecture. It is built of rock faced Chestnut Hill granite, of a grayish blue color, laid up at random in red mortar. Roof slated and finished with a tiled cresting. Dimensions: Front, 29 ft.; side, 69 ft. The interior throughout is finished with oak. The auditorium, 26 ft. × 57 ft., has a seating capacity of 280. It is lighted by stained glass windows, shedding a pleasant light over auditorium, altar and choir box. The pastor's study is placed conveniently. The basement contains Sunday-school room, two class rooms, and furnace room, besides other apartments. These apartments are furnished complete. Class rooms are connected to Sunday-school room by double sliding doors, and are so arranged that they can be thrown together at pleasure. Cost of church, exclusive of furniture, $6,000. Cost of furniture, $1,000 complete.

Our engraving was made direct from a photograph of the building, taken specially for the SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN.