The Third Presbyterian Church from East Ave, just outside in Downtown Rochester, NY.
In 1826, 19 members congregated in their first place of worship: a school house on the corner of Mortimer and Clinton streets. A few years later, attempting construction of their first structure, the congregration of the Third Presbyterian Church moved to the corner of Main and North Clinton streets. However, the cost of the building left the organiztion in debt and they were forced to sell it to the Second Baptist society. The financial loss almost brought the organization to an end. However, after a boom in membership, the congregation was able to afford the construction of its second structure; a small, stone church on the south side of Main street. After seeing improvements and additions, it was tragically destroyed by fire in 1858. A new structure was built on the same site the following year. Ultimately, the congregation (starting with just 19 members back in 1826) exceeded 450 members by the 1860's, made its final move to the current site on Meigs St; built in 1874 and designed by architect Henry Searle.
Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, N.Y.
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