First Presbyterian Church Entrance - Missoula, MT
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N 46° 51.892 W 113° 59.942
12T E 271429 N 5194514
Quick Description: Though not the first First Presbyterian Church in Missoula, this is, nonetheless, the First Presbyterian Church of Missoula, Montana.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 4/15/2014 6:07:42 PM
Waymark Code: WMKHAF
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Jake39
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Long Description:
Built in 1915, the church will doubtless throw a big celebration next year to celebrate its 100th birthday. This is a large and beautiful church with great stained glass in the sanctuary and a truly impressive organ as well.

Equally impressive are this church's entrance doors. There are three in all, each recessed within marble stonework. The main entrance has a transom light consisting of stained and leaded glass which forms the gothic arch above the door. The heavy double wood doors are mounted with equally heavy strap hinges. BTW, the doors were unlocked the day we visited, allowing us to view the interior, which is also quite impressive, containing wonderful stained glass and a large pipe organ.

This is the church in which Dr. John Norman Maclean served as Reverend from 1909 to 1925. Reverend Maclean was the inspiration for the book, thence the movie "A River Runs Through It". The book was penned by his son, Norman Maclean. Under the leadership of Dr. Maclean and his wife, Clara, the youth groups flourished and the work of several women’s guilds was initiated.

The building was designed by Albert John Gibson, a devout Presbyterian and friend of Rev. Maclean. Gibson and his wife were killed instantly in December of 1927 when their automobile collided with a train in Missoula. Gibson is remembered for many notable structures in Missoula and surrounding area, several of which are now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Type of material of the door: Wood

Functional door?: Yes

Location of this door/way: On private property

Is it accessable only by paid admission": No

Style: Gothic

Address or physical location:
201 South 5th Street Missoula, MT USA 59802


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