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Easton in Northampton County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Worshipping, Learning, Healing, Peacemaking

 
 
Worshipping, Learning, Healing, Peacemaking Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2017
1. Worshipping, Learning, Healing, Peacemaking Marker
Inscription.
The German Reformed Church was originally constructed at 3rd and Church Streets in 1775-76 and was the largest building in Easton at the time. The church congregation's office building, on Church and Sitgreaves Streets, dates from 1778, and was originally Easton's second school building. The Church served as a Revolutionary War hospital, treating wounded soldiers from the Battles of Brooklyn and Brandywine. It was during that time that George Washington came to the church to visit the wounded. The Church was also the site of the Indian Treaty Conference of 1777.

The brick portions were designed by Thomas Ustick Walter, who was the architect of the dome of the United States Capital and later served as President of the American Institute of Architects from 1876-1887. Known today as the First United Church of Christ of Easton, it stands as the oldest existing church building in the City.

Karl Stirner Arts Trail
City of Easton, Pennsylvania
 
Location. 40° 41.53′ N, 75° 12.542′ W. Marker is in Easton, Pennsylvania, in Northampton County. Marker is on North Third Street north of Church Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the fence on the west side
Marker detail: Church west side image image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2017
2. Marker detail: Church west side image

The land on which the church was constructed was deeded to the trustees for the congregation by John and Richard Penn, heirs of Pennsylvania's founder William Penn.
of the subject church, near the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 229 Church Street, Easton PA 18042, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. First Reformed Church (a few steps from this marker); Millionaire's Row (within shouting distance of this marker); Lafayette College Founding (within shouting distance of this marker); The Declaration of Independence in Easton (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Great Square (about 400 feet away); Founding of Easton and Northampton County (about 400 feet away); Indian Peace Treaties (about 400 feet away); Northampton County’s First Court House (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Easton.
 
More about this marker. Marker is included in Easton's "Karl Stirner Arts Trail" series.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. First Reformed Church
 
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1. The First Reformed Church.
On June 8, 1775, the cornerstone of the present sanctuary was laid. Construction began immediately, and the Church was consecrated on November 17, 1776. Only the four stone walls remain of the original Church. First Church played a prominent role in the turbulent years of the American Revolution. Since the Church and the courthouse were the
Marker detail: Stained glass Star of David image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2017
3. Marker detail: Stained glass Star of David
The church has a Star of David in honor of Meyer Hart, Easton's first Jewish citizen and a contributor to the original church building fund.
largest buildings in Easton, both were used as hospitals for wounded and infirm soldiers after the battles of Trenton, Brandywine, and Germantown. It is believed Gen. George Washington visited these soldiers in the Church during one of his visits to Easton. In 1777, meetings were held at the Church between the peace commissioners appointed by Congress and representatives of various Indian nations. Thomas Paine, the famous Revolutionary pamphleteer and author of “Common Sense”, served as secretary to the commissioners at these meetings. (Submitted on March 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Thomas Ustick Walter.
Thomas Ustick Walter, (born Sept. 4, 1804, Philadelphia, Pa., U.S.—died Oct. 30, 1887, Philadelphia), American architect important for the quality and influence of his designs based upon ancient Greek models. (Submitted on March 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

3. Steeple & Clock Tower.
Thomas Ustick Walter was already showing his genius with many beautiful buildings done in the Greek Revival style, and would go on to design many more, including the extensions for the Capitol building in 1851, which more than doubled the size of the existing building, and adding the familiar cast-iron dome. This inspired architect produced a Steeple which still stands firm and strong 185 years later. (Submitted on March 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
Worshipping, Learning, Healing, Peacemaking Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2017
4. Worshipping, Learning, Healing, Peacemaking Marker (tall view)
 

4. First United Church of Christ.
First United Church of Christ is one of the oldest buildings in the Lehigh Valley, built in 1776 as a joint enterprise between the Lutherans and the “German Reformed” Calvinists. Because of this joint participation it was initially known as the “Union Church,” then became the German Reformed Church when the Lutheran congregation split off. The building is renowned for its Tiffany-style stained glass windows. Go to the back of the church to find a Star of David inscribed in one of the windows in memory of Meyer Hart, Easton’s first shopkeeper and Jewish citizen. (Submitted on March 5, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
Categories. Churches & ReligionNative AmericansWar, US Revolutionary
 
Church entrance (<i>brick portions designed by Thomas Ustick Walter</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2017
5. Church entrance (brick portions designed by Thomas Ustick Walter)
Church west side (<i>stonework & window detail</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, June 4, 2017
6. Church west side (stonework & window detail)
 
 
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