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John C. Fulton [1856-1924]

March 5, 2017


John Charles Fulton, alone or in the Fulton & Butler partnership, has forty-three churches in our database. And possibly one more, if the mystery postcard can be identified. But what I noticed that may matter only to me are his dates — 1856-1924 — which are precisely the same as Louis Sullivan, who is not in this database. There is an on-line source for biographical information about him (his beginnings in contracting and the usual puffery that some with turn-of-the-century paid biographies) but for immediate purposes let’s note that he practiced architecture from Uniontown, a community of moderate size not far from Pittsburgh in southwestern Pennsylvania. From that base of operations — through whatever media we do not yet know — his practice extended south and westward into at least ten other states. Not bad for someone who, in typical ;ate 19th century fashion, worked his way up through the ranks, so to speak.

Not all of Fulton’s churches are included here in the blog, but from the database I can summarize the works represented:

  • AR, Van Buren
  • CO, Sterling
  • IA, Cherokee, Fort Dodge Le Mars, Shenandoah, Webster City
  • ID, Idaho Falls
  • KS, Salina
  • MN, Minneapolis
  • NE, Hastings
  • OH, Bowling Green, Cleveland (2), Martins Ferry, Portsmouth, Steubenville, Tiffin
  • PA, Apollo, Boswell, Butler, California, Connellsville, Duquesne, Fayette City, Indiana, Jeannette (2), Johnstown (2), Kane, Ligonier, McKeesport, Meadville, Pitcairn, Pittsburgh, Rockwell, Rockwood, Waynesburg, Wilkes-Barre
  • WA, Tacoma
  • WV, Huntington, New Martinsville

A significant number of these come from the Neo-Classical model represented at Cherokee and Sterling. There are certainly more out there awaiting discovery.


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  1. We just renovated one of his architectural designed churches in Pitcairn, PA and are interested in learning more about things his firm. In addition, we are researching who designed and created the beautiful stained glass windows in his designs. We would be interested in original or copies of the architecture blueprints/designs. Any help would be appreciated. I could send pictures of the church, if you like.

  2. Hello, Mr Whitehead: Pardon my absence from the site for some time. It’s the beginning of the semester and I’m teaching some new courses. I’ll gather together some references for J. C. Fulton (& Son) and pass them along. His office was in Uniontown, PA, but I suspect none of the office records have survived. JCF did work far, far beyond southwestern PA, however; as far even as Seattle. Regarding stained glass, have you tried the Census of Stained Glass in America? I haven’t consulted their material in some time, so it may have grown to include your church. You can reach me directly at

  3. Ebensburg [PA] Presbyterian, built 1914, Fulton & Butler

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