Tax Credit Program Highlight: First Presbyterian Church, Dallas

Dallas, Dallas County



Listed in the National Register as contributing to the Harwood Street Historic District

Historic Use


Current Use


Date Certified

July 11, 2018


Certified for state credits only. . .

Project Contact

First Presbyterian Church of Dallas; Architexas


The First Presbyterian Church of Dallas was formed in 1856, with no formal meeting space until 1873. As the congregation grew, they expanded the first building several times, and ultimately built their current home. The ornate, Greek-Revival building was designed by noted Dallas architect C.D. Hill. The overall building is triangular in shape, while the interior follows the Akron plan typology for churches, with an amphitheater-like sanctuary opening directly to Sunday School classrooms. Modern additions have been made to the original building to support growth of the church, but important original features, like the narthex and sanctuary, remain intact.

Rehabilitation Project

This project focused on improving some modern elements of the sanctuary, while also restoring the original finishes and historic elements. New mechanical, electrical, and audio-visual systems were installed, along with new acoustical treatments in select areas to improve sound. Woodwork throughout the sanctuary was repaired and refinished. The impressive stained glass dome was removed, sent off for repair, and reinstalled. Plaster and decorative elements were repaired and repainted, following careful analysis of the original paint under later layers. The congregation had only intended to complete work within the sanctuary, but as work progressed, the congregation saw the effect of the restored paint and decided to complete paint restoration in the narthex as well.

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  • The remarkable stained glass dome was one of the primary parts of the project. It was removed from the building, in panels, sent for repair, and reinstalled.