Sunday, February 13, 2011

Cookeville Church Added To National Register

After being nominated last year, a historic church in Cookeville has now been added to the National Register of Historic Places. Cookeville’s First Presbyterian Church was built  between 1909 and 1910 by prominent local brick mason Joseph Francis Scott and remodeled in 1955 by Dero Darwin and his son. The Neo-classical style of the church is characterized by its pedimented gables and strong cornice lines. Its interior is Colonial Revival in style and reflects the 1955 remodeling. Officials say the church, located at 20 North Dixie Avenue, was born out of a schism, resulting from the union of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church with the Presbyterian Church of the United States of America that took place during the early years of the 20th century. Historian Michael Birdwell says the First Presbyterian Church in Cookeville  reflects the policies that resulted from this merger of two churches.