Paul Presbyterian Church (circa 1923)
The Paul Presbyterian Church, 2001 Pioneer Avenue, has been standing at the corner of Pioneer and Dunster Street for over ninety years. The church has a storied history here in Brookline, snippets of which we can list here.
The cornerstone for the church was laid on July 15, 1923 and the completed church was dedicated on December 9, 1923. Both of these ceremonies were conducted by the first pastor, Reverend Richard L. Biddle.
The new church cost $25,000 and was named after Mrs. Elizabeth Paul, a prominent Brookline landowner who donated the land and a substantial donative towards the construction of the church.
The building committee was composed of Professor Joseph F. Moore, principal of Brookline and West Liberty Elementary Schools, S.E. Lippert and E.O. Rader. The church was founded by J.M. Elliott.
One of the features of the Paul Presbyterian Church were the beautiful stained glass windows, donated by Mrs. Paul. The large one in the front of the building was in memory of her brother John Holmes.
The church was in service through the 1960s. It is not know at this time when the church was disbanded. The church was eventually taken over by the Providence Reformed Presbyterian Church. The stained glass windows are no longer there.
According to the current pastor, the windows were damaged and in need of repair. The cost of repairing them would have been high. It was more reasonable to replace them. Also, with this being a rather conservative Presbyterian denomination, displaying the image of Jesus above God ran contrary to the First Commandment, and replacing them was more in line with their beliefs.
The Paul Church was at one time one of the main churches in Brookline. Several prominent Brookline landowners and businessmen, including Professor Joseph F. Moore, were members of the congregation. The Boy Scout Troop that was sponsored by the church was one of the best in Pittsburgh.
We are looking for more specific
information on the Paul Presbyterian Church. If there's
Mike O'Toole grew up as a member of the Paul
Presbyterian Church. He knew Reverend Stewart, well and shares some of his memories
Reverend Stewart used to take us to "Camp Moore,"
located somewhere in Butler county once a year in the early fall. We would take a once
a year hiking trek to South Park in the spring, where we would have some groves
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* Photos provided by Frank Stewart, Scott Price and Mike O'Toole *
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