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Fort Worth Flashback: Early downtown dwellers worshiped at Broadway Presbyterian

Posted April 2, 2012

Broadway Presbyterian

The Broadway Presbyterian Church in Fort Worth dates from 1884. Its first brick building at Broadway and St. Louis Avenue burned during the great southside fire on April 3, 1909.

Rebuilding at the same location, the congregation occupied its new facility, this stately structure of red brick and rough stone with towers and buttresses, on Jan. 1, 1911.

One of the innovations was a huge, ornate chandelier purchased in New York that could be lowered with a cable and crank for relamping and cleaning.

By the 1940s, the building was no longer adequate for the more than 600 members. The church erected a larger building in the Park Hill/TCU area, changing its name to St. Stephen Presbyterian Church.

The old structure was sold to Broadway Baptist Church in 1950 and was subsequently razed to provide parking spaces.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-392-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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