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Capital's oldest public building is a church
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by Hampton Dunn.
1 online resource (2 p.) :
Title from caption on PDF of p.1 (viewed July 7, 2010).
At head of title: Photouring Florida.
Typescript of Photouring Florida column that describes First Presbyterian Church in Tallahassee.
First Presbyterian Church (Tallahassee, Fla.)
Presbyterian church buildings
Description and travel.
t Hampton Dunn Photouring Florida collection.
c17 CAPITAL S OLDEST PUBLIC BUILDING IS A CHURCH By HAMPTON DUNN TALLAHASSEE The old est public building in the gov ernment oriented capital city is a church. It is the strikingly beautiful First Presbyterian Church at the N.W. corner of N. Adams St. and W. Park Ave. Of late Georgian Colonial design, it was built in 1832 and has served the community since. It is the oldest church in the city and is one of the f irst of its denomination in Florida. The first chaplain of the Terri torial L egis lative Council was a Presbyterian minister. Rev. Henry White who held serv ices in the partially constructed wing of the Capitol building. The c hurch was later organ ized and a fund raising drive was started by selling mahog any pews at b ids no lower than $12 5. To tal sales were $1 2, 500. The timber was of heart pine and the pillars supporting the galleries were hand hewn and still show the adze marks. In cidentally, the galleries were reserved for slaves, w ho were admitted to membership. The roof woodwork was mortised and pinned, no nails being used in the original building. The steeple houses the original bell which was an extra in a set of chimes bought for a church in Baltimore. During the Civil War it was offered to the Con federacy to b e melted down to make cannon, but the offer was declined. The silver plate was a gift of the congregation more than 100 years ago. Dur ing the early days the church was used as a refuge for wom en and children w he n the men went out to guard the town against Indian uprisings. Author Ethel K. Lockwood w rote: "Never have I been so struck with the chaste beauty of a church as I w as with the Presbyterian Church at Talla hassee.