Central Presbyterian Church, Atlanta
the central presbyterian church is located near the georgia capitol in downtown atlanta. this beautiful english gothic church was built in 1885. the original church was built on this location in 1858. during the seige of atlanta the original church was undamaged. during the occupation of atlanta union general oliver o. howard was ordered to burn the building but father thomas o'reilly of the nearby shrine of the immaculate conception convinced howard to spare his church, the central presbyterian and trinity church. during the reconstruction of atlanta after the war the building that you see today was built in 1885. the central presbyterian church is listed on the national register of historic places.
The oldest Presbyterian congregation is that of Central Presbyterian Church, which is right across the street from the Georgia State Capitol. It has recently celebrated its 150 year. The current building dates back to 1885, and is the second church at this site. The English Gothic architecture in rough cut limestone on the main facade is quite impressive; unfortunately, as with many downtown churches, homeless people sleep on the doorsteps. However, the church does boast considerable outreach in this neighborhood.