Calvary Presbyterian Church, Fillmore and Jackson, San Francisco

The Migrations of Calvary Baptist Church:

“After Bush Street became too commercial the church moved to new location on Union Square at Powell Street and Geary Boulevard. This church was dedicated on May 16, 1869." (Wikipedia)           

Nineteenth-Century Photo of Calvary Presbyterian Church on Union Square

Nineteenth-Century Photo of Calvary Presbyterian Church on Union Square

"After Union Square became too commercial the church moved to its current location at 2515 Fillmore Street.” (Wikpedia)

Fascinating that a church would change its location because the surrounding area had become “too commercial.”

But the parishoners clearly loved their building, because, in 1902, they dismantled the old building, moved over a million bricks, the pews, and much of the metal and woodwork to the new location.

It was a fortuitous move, since the structure would very probably have been destroyed in the 1906 earthquake and fire. During the months following that devastation, Calvary Presbyterian took several other churches and civic functions into its walls:

“St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Old First Presbyterian Church and Temple Emanuel all held their services in the new building after the quake and a temporary courtroom was constructed in the basement for use by the Superior Court.” (Wikipedia)

 

Entrance Door on Fillmore Street

Three Stained Glass Panels at Calvary Presbyterian Church

     In Memoriam ---------------------------- Christ Knocking at the Door ----------------------------------- John the Evangelist

Some detail shots indicate the range of interests and concerns of the parishioners and their leaders today:

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