First Presbyterian Church (Hastings, Minnesota)

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First Presbyterian Church
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First Presbyterian Church (Hastings, Minnesota) is located in Minnesota
First Presbyterian Church (Hastings, Minnesota)
Location 602 Vermillion St., Hastings, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°44′24.47″N 92°51′10.95″W / 44.7401306°N 92.8530417°W / 44.7401306; -92.8530417Coordinates: 44°44′24.47″N 92°51′10.95″W / 44.7401306°N 92.8530417°W / 44.7401306; -92.8530417
Area less than one acre
Built 1876[2]
Architect Charles Daniels[3]
Architectural style Romanesque
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 95000822[1]
Added to NRHP July 7, 1995

First Presbyterian Church, known also as First United Presbyterian Church, is a church located at 602 Vermillion Street in downtown Hastings, Minnesota listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is significant for its Romanesque architecture. The building is characterized by its massive quality, its thick walls, round arches, large towers, and decorative arcading.

The congregation was established in 1855 by Reverend Charles LeDuc, the brother of William LeDuc. The congregation built a stone church at that time, then decided to build a new, larger church in 1875. It was designed by Charles N. Daniels. Because of financial difficulties, it took nearly seven years to finish the building, although it was complete enough to host its first services in 1881.[4]

In 1907, the tall steeple was struck by lightning, which started a fire that left the church gutted. Architect Harry Wild Jones from Minneapolis was hired to design the restoration. He was asked to make the new church resemble the original as much as possible, so both the interior and the exterior are his work.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Historic Sites:Hastings". Dakota County Historical Society. Retrieved 2007-10-12. 
  3. ^ "National Register of Historic Places". National Park Service. 2007-10-12. 
  4. ^ a b Lathrop, Alan K. and Firth, Bob (photographer) (2003). Churches of Minnesota: an illustrated guide. University of Minnesota Press. pp. 66–67. ISBN 0-8166-2909-9. Retrieved August 3, 2012. 

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