AKA: First Presbyterian Church #3, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1907

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7th Avenue and Spring Street
Seattle, WA 98101

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Building History

This church was erected during the ministry of Rev. Mark A. Mathews, a Southerner from Jackson, TN, who led the congregation from 1902-1940. Early in his tenure, Mathews clashed with the Mayor, Thomas D. Humes, becoming a spokesman for high-minded morality in the city. Mathews's fiery oratory attracted listeners, and the flock grew during his tenure from 1,000 in 1900 to 8,000 in 1940. At the time, this was the largest Presbyterian congregation in the world.

Building Notes

This was a grandiose Neo-Classical church featuring three pedimented entries and two domes; it featured a symmetrical composition with pairs of pediments (and domes) framing a central, corner-facing pedimented entryway; Reverend M.A. Matthews officiated at 1st Presbyterian in 07/1905.

This church featured stained glass windows done by the Studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany.

A postcard of the church c. 1909 exists.


The Seattle1st Presbyterian Church #3 was razed in the early 1960s.

PCAD id: 6540