First United Presbyterian Church
The First United Presbyterian Church of Coraopolis, PA was founded in 1866. From 1885 to 1895 it was located at 848 Fifth Avenue. Then on State Avenue from 1895-1914. It is currently located on 500 Broadway Street. The building was erected in 1915.
History Research Archive for the Borough of Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, near Moon Township, Pennsylvania, in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania.
First united presbyterian church
a.k.a. "GREYSTONE UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH"
Location: 500 Broadway St.
Purchased property owned by H.W. Burns and John S. Conkle for $20,000
Ground broken in Late May 1915
September 12, 1915, 3:00 p.m. - laying of the cornerstone
Contract for erecting building awarded to Hobaugh and Wimer of Butler, PA, approx. $53,000
Architect, Thomas Hanna of Pittsburgh
Alvar C. Purdy, Chairman of building committee
June 11, 1916 - Church Dedicated. According to Pastor McGeorge, $51,000 is raised.
Total Final Cost $90,000
Gothic Style Building "one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the community”
Seating Capacity of Auditorium: 700
Seating Capacity of Sunday School Annex: 934
A 3-manual organ was dedicated June 8, 1929
"Cathedral Lantern" lighting system installed 1941
In 1952, Condle property purchased at 1000 Ridge Ave for parsonage for $27,000
In 1955, $22,000 was spent to improve the education facilities including a chapel, designed by Architect Glenn Bickerstaff, directly behind the Chancel where the balcony used to be, seating 72, along with other design improvements.
Fall 1960 oak Narthex installed in rear of Sanctuary for $2,200.
Renamed Greystone United Presbyterian Church on June 29, 1961.
State Ave extending to 5th Ave at the foot of School St
Completed and dedicated December 1895
Brick structure costing $10,000 (seated 300)
Used through 1914, when congregation reached 400; at which time it was abandoned
Torn down 1934-35
848 Fifth Avenue
Construction began August 1887
Frame structure costing $4,000
Dedicated June 24, 1888
Destroyed by fire February 20, 1895
Founded: Sept 13, 1886 in the original Methodist Episcopal Church at Fifth Avenue and Main St.
James A. Lawrence, 1886-1889
James A. Douthett, 1890-1894
James F. Ray, 1894-1898
Charles D. Fulton, 1898-1901
R. M. Blackwood, 1902-1906
John A. Douthett, D.D., 1907-1908
Chauncey Kirk McGeorge, April 11, 1909 - ?
In 1990, the membership of the church had dwindled, and the Greystone United Presbyterian Church merged with Mount Calvary Presbyterian Church and combined, they became "Presbyterian Church of Coraopolis", abandoning the Greystone facility to be used for other nonprofit purposes.
Photos by Maiden City Snapshots
Earlier Church on State Ave (you can see where it was located by looking at the above postcard). They started using this church when they purchased in from the Methodist Episcopal Congregation, on September 13, 1886: