Niagara Gazette

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March 17, 2014

HIGGS: Celebrating St. Patrick's Day, Niagara Falls' birthday

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Niagara Gazette — The church website describes the “Victorian Gothic design of First Baptist Church is unique for the way the building develops from its irregular lot and defines an important intersection of Main and Fourth Streets and Walnut Ave. The church is part of the Park Place Historic District which includes 44 residential properties and one element, a section of stone wall from the Schoellkopf residence. The church property was purchased 1899 from the original owners, the Schoellkopf family. The church received its local historic designation in 2007 as part of the Park Place Historic District which is located between Main Street, Cedar Avenue, and Fourth Street.”

In 1925, an educational wing was added and designed by W H. Barnes who had his office on Whitney Avenue. The construction of both sections of the church are described as brick with Victorian Gothic details on the older section especially in the tower. The website proved to be very helpful with its description stating “The exterior brick of the church is in Roman style, which was popular with architects of the day, including Frank Lloyd Wright.” More next time.

Happy birthday Niagara Falls!

Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

Norma Higgs serves with the Niagara Beautification Commission and Niagara Falls Block Club Council.

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