AKA: First Presbyterian Church #1, Downtown, Chico, CA

Structure Type: built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: Cleaveland, Henry W., Architect (firm); Craig, P.M., Building Contractor (firm); Henry William Cleaveland (architect); P. M. Craig (building contractor)

Dates: constructed 1871

1 story

Broadway and West 4th Street
Downtown, Chico, CA 95928

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San Francisco architect Henry W. Cleaveland (1827-1919) had worked with the lumber tycoon John Bidwell previously on his mansion that dominated early Chico, CA. Bidwell, a Presbyterian, provided a parcel of land and gift of $10,000 to build the local congregation a new church. Bidwell's gift covered all but $5,000 of the church's cost. Bidwell summoned Cleaveland and San Francisco building contractor, P.M. Craig, to complete it, which they did in 1871. Their church served the congregation until 1909, when a new larger facility was required. Portions of the old church--the cornerstone, granite coping trimming the sidewalk, and its 1,000-pound church bell--were incorporated into the one. In addition, several pieces of liturgical equipment, including the communion table, chancel furniture and organ, were also removed from the 1871 building for use in the 1909 building.

The granite coping used along the public sidewalk, the original 1871 cornerstone, and the 1,000 lb. 'G' tone bell were incorporated into the new building. The communion table, chancel furniture and organ were also brought from the old church,

Demolished; the 1st Presbyterian Church #1 was razed c. 1909.

PCAD id: 18416