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First Presbyterian Church, Salisbury, NC

April 4, 2017

Philadelphia architect Charles W. Bolton design this exemplary A-A church in 1891-1892. One wonders how he got connected to a congregation in North Carolina. The purity of his geometry particularly appeals to the Capricorn in me: 45° of auditorium and 45° of Sunday school. The church itself was razed in 1971, with only the bell tower remaining. For a church with similar plan but quite different exterior, see his Bethel Presbyterian in Philadelphia (19th and York).

I’ve tried to gather biographical material on Bolton [on all the A-A architects, actually] but in his case for one odd reference. In a book about churches in New York City, one of Bolton’s designs was for an African-American congregation in Harlem, the authors referred to Bolton as a Black architect, yet in no other mention of him is that ever stated, which leads one to believe it was an error, albeit an interesting one.

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