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First & Franklin Presbyterian Church

201 W. Madison St., Baltimore, MD 21201

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Construction Date:1859
Architect:Norris G. Starkweather and Edmund Lind; Murphy & Dittenhafer (2010)
More Historical Info via Baltimore Heritage


Limited Hours: The church will be open from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Design for this commanding Gothic Revival church began in 1854 by architect Norris G. Starkweather, and eventually completed by his chief draftsman, Edmund Lind, who would go on to become a prominent architect in his own right. While the church was dedicated in 1859, the 273-feet tall cast-iron spire wasn’t finished until 1874. The interior boasts many Tiffany stained glass windows, a triple-vaulted sanctuary, and rich plaster tracery. In 1973, First Presbyterian Church merged with the Franklin Street Presbyterian Church to form the First and Franklin Street Presbyterian Church, and in 2012 the congregation voted to rename it First & Franklin Presbyterian Church. In 2009, the local architecture firm, Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects, undertook an extensive restoration plan.

Tours at the top of every hour and light refreshments available.

  • Accessibility: Fully Accessible
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Photography: Permitted