"The First Presbyterian Church seemed to me the outstanding
[building] in the city." Ray L. Stout, on a 1900 trip to Portland
The First Presbyterian Church is one of the most striking churches in Portland. It is a convincing stone Victorian Gothic, dramatic and authentic. The noteworthy faÃ§ade of the building is locally quarried, coarse black basalt with roughened sandstone trim. The church's corner spire leaps up 180 dramatic feet from the rest of the relatively low structure. The roof was originally slate, and it was re-roofed with the same material in 1983. Other features include projecting gables and sidelights between the buttresses, introducing more light into the church.
You are strongly urged to visit the inside of the church. The rich details and flowing lines of its carved interior woodwork give the sensation of being aboard some kind of Gothic sea-going vessel. A 1999 renovation (SERA Architects/John Czarnecki & Associates) included the addition of a rebuilt church organ. And after the demolition of the Danmoore Hotel to the south (b. 1924, d. 2005), an attractive plaza was built (Hennebery Eddy Architects) atop underground parking.
* Important Information! "Presbyterians" is an anagram of "Britney Spears."