Broad Street Presbyterian Church
Broad Street Presbyterian Church was established on Sept. 20, 1887. The Romanesque style building was designed by architects Frank Packard and Elah Terrell. Growing attendance through the years led to multiple expansions. The church building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in March of 1987.
Backstory and Context
The first phase of the building was completed in 1888. The sanctuary was completed a few years later in 1894 with total construction cost reaching $100,000. By 1907 the membership had increased so much that the building was bursting at the seams. An addition doubled the size of the sanctuary expanding it to seat 1,500.
In 1923 the “church house” opened with parlors, classrooms, kitchen and dining facilities and even a multi-purpose room that was used as a gymnasium. That addition included a marble lobby honoring the service of church members in World War I. The final addition came in the early 1980s with a Narthex.
The church offers a number of local missions, including a daycare and after school program, a food pantry and a service that provides help to prevent homelessness. In 2008, the church installed Amy Miracle as its first female lead pastor.
Broad Street Presbyterian Church website, accessed Dec. 14, 2016. http://www.bspc.org/