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Title First Presbyterian Church Interior
Object Name Print, Photographic
Date c. 1910
Description Black and white photograph of interior of the First Presbyterian Church in Auburn. Photograph is taken from the back of the sanctuary, and shows portions of the walls, windows, floors, ceilings, and pews. The floor is covered in patterned carpets with dark borders. Exposed beams of wood or steel with decorative cut-outs support the ceiling. The ceiling is covered in a light-colored wallpaper with a moire pattern. Four electric light bulbs are suspended from the ceiling, three at the front of the room and one near the middle of the room. Each bulb has a circular glass shade above it, but is otherwise completely exposed. The walls are painted a darker shade than the ceiling. A wooden molding separates the wall color from the papered ceiling. Three windows are visible on the right wall, each with a Gothic arched top. Rectangular stained glass segments are visible on the borders of each window.

Pews are made of a dark wood and arranged in three rows with two aisles between them. Each pew has a wooden pocket on its back which holds two or three books each. These books are not identified, but are most likely bibles, hymnals, and/or prayer books. In front of the center row of pews is the altar. The altar is a small wooden table decorated with flowers and candles. To the left of the altar is a large potted fern. On the right side of the room, cane and wicker chairs are set up facing the altar. This area is often used for seating a choir during worship services. The left side of the room is decorated with dark wood panelling. An open door at the front of the room shows the inside of a closet or hallway. In the far corner is another wooden table with a banner on a stand on top of it.

This building was built in 1889, though the photograph was taken approximately 20 years later.
Credit Line White River Valley Museum Collection, Gift of R.L. Polski.
Catalog Number PO-00010
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People Ballard, Levi