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First Presbyterian Church
church
Presbyterian
300 N. Washington St.
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
Washtenaw County
Web Address: http://www.fpcy.org/

About

Date Built: 1857

Architect: George S. Green, architect; John Femis, builder

Date of Alterations: 1899

1948

1957

1985

1995

Architect of Alterations: 1899, Julius Hess, Detroit

Number of Non-pictorial Windows: 63

Floor Plan Sketch: Download


Archival Sources: City Historian, Doris Milliman and previous city historians, Louis White and Forest Fletcher Belleville, MI 48111

Building Notes: The Church is a complex of offices and meeting rooms, the rectangular portion, which is the actual Church is referred by the Church as the "auditorium."

In 1857 the present Church was built. It was rectangular in form (auditorium) with a tall steeple that rose over the main door.

In the 1890 's the steeple became unstable (some articles say it was toppled by high winds). The Church hired Detroit architect Julius Hess to fix the problem and update the appearance. Work started in 1898 and was finished in 1899. Hess replaced the entire façade with one designed in the Grecian Doric style and bookended this with two rectangular towers. If you enlarge the Church photo you will notice the different color of the bricks on the tower and façade from those on the side of the Church.

At this time, in addition to windows now required for the façade and towers, the Church replaced the nine windows in the Church (auditorium). Hence the year 1899 as the date for the Church windows.

There have been no significant changes to the Church (auditorium) since then.

First Presbyterian Church
MSGC: 1994.0009

Census Coordinator:
Robert C. Murray
12/02/1993



Studio Name
Tiffany Studios (attributed by the church to)
Tiffany Studios
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