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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


  • 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
    • Seating Capacity of Auditorium: 700
    • Seating Capacity of Sunday School Annex: 934
  • Prior Locations:
    • State Avenue opposite School St
      • Completed December 1895
      • Used through 1915
    • 848 Fifth Avenue
      • 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.
  • Pastors
    • 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.
  • Church Records:

Building the Greystone Church on Broadway and 5th

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: