National Register of Historic Places in Tulare County

National Register #98001553: First Congregational Church in Porterville
24 June 2006
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National Register #98001553
First Congregational Church
165 East Mill Avenue
Built 1908

The First Congregational Church, designed by San Francisco architects George C. Meeker and Francis W. Reed, is the only example of Shingle/Bay Area Traditional design and Gothic Revival architectural style on this scale to be found in California's San Joaquin Valley.

The building was designed as an Institutional Church. Institutional Churches are secular as well as religious. Thet provide physical, social, and cultural resources to an entire community. The north portion of the First Congregational Church contained a large sunken meeting room and an upstairs auditorium. The south portion contained a sunken swimming tank and a second-story gymnasium.

Adapted from the NRHP nomination dated 3 September 1998.

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