New Second Presbyterian Church
1915, 1917 - 55th & Oak, Kansas City
Prior to constructing the building at 55th & Oak streets, the Second Presbyterian Church and Manse were located at 13th and Central. Lucky 13. During the Great Convention Hall fire of 1900, flames lept across Central Avenue and burned the great gothic revival church to ruins. In 1915, the earliest phase of the new church was built, now called the transept, this first volume is perpendicular in orientation to the main nave. The south-most exterior wall is highlighted by the stained glass mural of Dorcas (Tabitha) - a character named as a disciple of Peter in the New Testament. This mural is secondary to a Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass composition depicting the parable Good Samaritan located on the East wall of the main nave.
A shorter version of the current bell tower and main nave were finished and dedicated On October 21, 1917. Both phases were the work of the firm Shepard (Charles E.), Farrar & Wiser. The height of the bell tower was increased in 1924; I am not convinced that the final tower was authored by Shepard's office. An Educational Building and Youth & Community Building were added in 1926 and 1953 respectively. For more information regarding Charles E. Shepard and iterations of his firm, see "Best Addresses" titled post.
Stained glass mural of Dorcas
K.C. Star 1914
(from the Missouri Valley special collection newspaper clippings file)