Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church

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Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church
Church and house in the Starr HD.jpg
Memorial Presbyterian Church's manse and church building
Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church is located in Indiana
Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church
Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church is located in the US
Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church
LocationRichmond, Indiana
Part ofStarr Historic District (#74000026 [1])
Added to NRHPJune 28, 1974

Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church is an architecturally significant church located at 11th and North "A" Streets in Richmond, Indiana. Designed by the Cleveland, Ohio architectural partnership of Sidney Badgley and William H. Nicklas the building was begun in 1904 and dedicated on May 13, 1906. The building committee had visited the Badgley and Nicklas-designed St. Paul's Methodist Episcopal Church (now St. Paul's Memorial United Methodist Church) which had been built by the Clement Studebaker family in South Bend, Indiana and the two churches have strikingly similar design elements in the sanctuaries. Reid Church was paid for by Daniel G. Reid in memory of his parents Daniel Reid and Anna Gray Reid. The church interiors and windows were designed by Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Tiffany Studios. The original organ designed by Hook and Hastings is still in use, though it was rebuilt in 1958 by the Wicks Organ Company. The organ was featured with a recital during the Organ Historical Society's 2007 convention in Indianapolis.

During the 1920s the Ku Klux Klan was a powerful political and social force in Indiana. In 1922 the Klan was introduced to Richmond by Robert Lyons, who began by recruiting at Reid Church, where his father, Samuel Ross Lyons (1849 – 1915), had been pastor years earlier.[2][3][4] Robert Lyons was eventually appointed national chief of staff for the Klan.[5]

Membership having dwindled to a few dozen people, the congregation was dissolved November 5, 2017, and the church closed.[6]


  1. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Lyons, Samuel. Retrieved 11 January 2014. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "In Memoriam Dr,. Eugene Leser and Rev. Samuel R. Lyons". Indiana University Alumni Quarterly. 2: 299–300. 1915. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  4. ^ Moore, Leonard J. (1997). Citizen Klansmen: The Ku Klux Klan in Indiana, 1921-1928. Univ of North Carolina Press. pp. 115–116. ISBN 9780807846278. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Klan issue in Democrat race for president", Richmond Evening Item, May 14, 1924, p. 1.
  6. ^ Jason Truitt (December 2, 2017). "Now closed, what's to become of historic Richmond church?". Gannett. Retrieved 25 September 2018.


  • Tomlan, Mary Raddant and Michael A. Richmond, Indiana: Its Physical and Aesthetic Heritage to 1920, Indianapolis: Indiana Historical Society, 2003

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Coordinates: 39°49′51″N 84°53′16″W / 39.8307°N 84.8879°W / 39.8307; -84.8879