135 Wylie Street
City Directories and History: Purity Presbyterian church, (originally established as Bull Run Church), has a rich history of contributions to the community. It moved to the present location after construction in 1854. It was dedicated on 1/21/1855 and was much simpler in style originally. Prior to that,
they had met since circa 1840 at the Presbyterian Lecture Room on West End Street. The fine new church functioned well until it was remodeled heavily in the early 1890’s, the central tower was removed at this stage and an additional 25 ft of space added to the front of the church. Other changes at this time included the addition of the second tower, stain-glassed windows were added and the new organ was purchased to add to the religious services of the congregation. Rev. George Sumney has been credited with designing the outstanding windows and the contractor for this renovation was J.R. Simrill, an excellent Chester contractor. Later additions to the campus include the 1916 addition of the stone Sunday School building by Taylors-Water Construction Company of Columbia, S.C.
The Chester News reported on July 14, 1916 – “The cornerstone was laid to the new Sunday School Building at Purity Pres. Church. The pastor is A.D.P. Gilmour. The church members began raising funds three years ago and have raised $20,000., they expect to complete the building by fall, and it includes 25 classrooms and an auditorium.”
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Gothic Revival architecture constructed in 1854.
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