First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church (HM27F5)

Location: Bakersfield, CA 93301 Kern County
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N 35° 22.444', W 119° 1.313'

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In 1889, First Presbyterian Church began its ministry in Kern County as Cumberland Presbyterian Church. In 1905 the church merged with Westminster Presbyterian; being renamed First Presbyterian Church of Bakersfield. The church acquired property on the corner of 17th and H Streets in 1909 and constructed its first sanctuary in 1913. Local architect Thomas B. Wiseman (1885-1920), an associate of the Train & Williams firm, designed the church in a Tudor-Gothic architectural style. Razed by fire in 1920, the facility was redesigned by San Francisco architect John Galen Howard (1864-1931) and construction supervised by local contractor James Marshall (1880-1956). The gothic designed structure stood until the 1952 earthquakes. A new sanctuary was designed by Los Angeles architects George B. Allison (1904-1977) and Ulysses F. Rible (1904-1982) in the Louisiana Colonial architectural style and dedicated in 1955. In 2003, the church expanded; closing G Street and extending its campus from H to F Streets between 17th Street and Truxtun Avenue. Klassen Corporation, a local construction firm, constructed additional buildings to include an administration office and activity center.
HM NumberHM27F5
Year Placed2015
Placed ByKern County Historical Society
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, May 7th, 2018 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 316330 N 3916403
Decimal Degrees35.37406667, -119.02188333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 22.444', W 119° 1.313'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 22' 26.64" N, 119° 1' 18.78" W
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Area Code(s)805, 661, 310
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1705 17th St, Bakersfield CA 93301, US
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