|Original Exterior Drawing, 1892|
Salisbury is about fifty miles south of Greensboro and has the most well preserved turn-of-the-century downtown and surrounding neighborhoods. One of the most distinctive attractions is the First Presbyterian Church Bell Tower, which stands in a small park just off the main street.
The church to which the tower was once part of was built in 1892 to replace an earlier building. It was designed by Charles Webber Bolton of Philadelphia who planned more than 500 churches during his career. This church was the only one he designed in North Carolina.
I found the original drawing that Bolton did of the church at North Carolina State University’s architectural history website. I couldn’t find any old photographs of how the church once looked intact, which is a shame, as it must have been magnificent.
In 1971, the congregation razed the church, but left the bell tower intact in a small park that also includes the 1850 Presbyterian Session House. The remainder of the tract was sold off and developed as a branch bank building.