"Covenant First Presbyterian Church" Cincinnati Things to Do Tip by atufft
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Downtown Cincinnati has its share of grand churches listed as historical landmarks. One of these is the Gothic style Covenant First Presbyterian Church, located at 717 Elm Street, on the western edge of downtown. There are actually a cluster of fine churches in this area, but this church architecture stands above the rest. It also has a great interior of woodwork and stained glass, although I wasn't able to appreciate this during my visit. See the websites for more details.
The original congregation of the First Presbyterian Church dates back to the founding of the city in 1790, but later merged with the Covenant Presbyterian congregation, originally founded in 1816. The current Gothic church is made from locally quarried stone and the interior is carved from Ohio black walnut. This building was dedicated in 1875, and faces Piatt Park, the oldest park in Cincinnati (circa 1817). Interestingly, the church shares a city block with the Isaac M. Wise Temple, separated by the Presbyterian church multilevel parking garage. The Presbyterian church faces east, while the synagog, faces west.
Address: 717 Elm Street
Directions: opposite west end of Piatt Park.
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