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First Presbyterian Church, Albany, NY

August 18, 2016


Google.maps has become a favorite new source for A-A churches. STEP 1: Pick a 19th century American city of moderate size. STEP 2: Visit on google.maps. STEP 3: Search for “church”. It is one of the beauties of the Akron-Auditorium plan that it can be seen from space.

First Presbyterian Church in Albany, New York at the corner of Willett and State Streets has a prominent site facing the city’s Washington Park. It was built in 1883 from the design of Josiah Cleaveland Cady of New York City. An on-line parish history includes two photographs, each looking through the partition between Auditorium and what is called the Great Hall (which looks to me like a Sunday School repurposed when the Akron system fell from favor in the 1920s).


The view from the street corner gives little indication that some Akron-ish is going on.

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