National Historic Register Spotlight – First Presbyterian Church

The Old First Presbyterian Church is located at 2002 Franklin Street. Construction of the church began in 1856 and by 1858 it was ready for services. D.E. Reed constructed the building along with the William Hamilton house which is also on the historical register. This church is believed to be the oldest place built for religious purposes. The congregation previously met at the old Mission House and flourished under the care of Reverends Edward McKinney and William Hamilton.
Over the years, several small additions were made to the church with perhaps the most noticeable being the vestibule and spire in 1870 and stained glass windows in 1905. In 1959, the growing congregation was forced to relocate.
Mrs. Harold LeMar, the same local preservationist who saved the Fontenelle Bank, bought the property and worked to have it placed upon the National Register of Historic Places. The City of Bellevue purchased the property in the 1970s and restored the building.

The Old First Presbyterian Church

The Old First Presbyterian Church

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  1. Mike Champion

    It is my understanding that the City of Bellevue employees are going to start replacing and repairing the window and door trim on the Church. Does this type of remodeling need to be run through the State Historical Society first?

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