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First Presbyterian Church, Lewistown

This grand cut-stone structure was formally dedicated in 1913, becoming a major contributor to Lewistown’s character as a “city of stone.” Although Lewistown had Presbyterian services as early as 1890 and an early Presbyterian Church and manse, planning for this building began in 1909 during Lewistown’s period of greatest growth. The congregation hired local architects Otto F. Wasmansdorff and George Eastman. They created a design with many Gothic Revival details, to be built of native sandstone by local Croatian stone masons under the direction of builder T. J. Tubb. Look for the Gothic Revival influence in the square crenellated bell tower, engaged buttresses with dressed stone weathering caps, the arched windows, and the dressed stone cornice. Imagine the sandstone slabs weighing 140-180 pounds per cubic foot, quarried south of Lewistown, being hauled to the site and then fashioned into precise blocks with hand chisels, hammers, and mallets.

Images

First Presbyterian Church
First Presbyterian Church First Presbyterian Church, facing north on the corner of West Watson Street and 5th Avenue South, view of front and side entries. Source: MontanaPictures.net Creator: MontanaPictures.net Date: Sept. 2004
Presbyterian Church, Lewistown, Montana
Presbyterian Church, Lewistown, Montana First Presbyterian Church, front/side view of the church, facing northeast on West Watson Street. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: Unknown
Presbyterian Church, Lewistown, Montana
Presbyterian Church, Lewistown, Montana The second Presbyterian Church (built 1912) was located on the corner of Watson and Fifth Avenue South. The Hoffman House apartments are on the right side of the church. Front/side view of the church, facing north near the intersection of West Watson Street and Fifth Avenue South. Source: Montana History Portal Creator: Unidentified photographer Date: 1925

Location

215 5th Avenue South, Lewistown, Montana | Private

Metadata

The Montana National Register Sign Program, “First Presbyterian Church, Lewistown,” Historic Montana, accessed May 26, 2024, https://historicmt.org/items/show/383.