Old Brick Church (Iowa City, Iowa)

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North Presbyterian Church
Old brick iowa city.jpg
Old Brick Church (Iowa City, Iowa) is located in Iowa
Old Brick Church (Iowa City, Iowa)
Old Brick Church (Iowa City, Iowa) is located in the US
Old Brick Church (Iowa City, Iowa)
Location 26 E. Market St.
Iowa City, Iowa
Coordinates 41°39′50″N 91°32′4″W / 41.66389°N 91.53444°W / 41.66389; -91.53444Coordinates: 41°39′50″N 91°32′4″W / 41.66389°N 91.53444°W / 41.66389; -91.53444
Built 1856
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 73000730
Added to NRHP August 28, 1973[1]
Old Brick, 1876, with original steeple.
Old Brick.
Main Hall, Old Brick.

Old Brick Church, once known as First Presbyterian or North Presbyterian, is a church in Iowa City, Iowa. One of the few surviving pre-Civil War structures in Iowa City, Old Brick was built in 1856 at the site of an older Presbyterian church that had burned. Its steeple was demolished in an 1877 wind storm, it was rebuilt with a crenellated belfry, giving it a distinctive appearance. Last used as a church in 1970, Old Brick was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as North Presbyterian Church. In 1974 the University of Iowa purchased the property and intended to demolish the church to make way for a parking lot, but public protest prevented the demolition. This public protest manifested in the formation of Friends of Old Brick, the organization that purchased the structure in 1977. Old Brick changed ownership again in 1987, when Old Brick Episcopal Lutheran Corporation (the current owner) purchased the building. Old Brick now thrives as a community center, hosting such diverse events as weddings, memorials, religious services, academic lectures, humanitarian fundraisers, and dance lessons. Old Brick also houses several non-profit offices.[2]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ First Presbyterian Church-- "Old Brick": The Colorful History of a Local Landmark. The Friends of Old Brick, Iowa City.