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First Presbyterian Church

Auburn, NY 13021

Phone: (315) 252-3861


First Presbyterian Church was organized on July 14, 1811 in the long room of the Center House in Hardenbergh’s Corners, which was incorporated as the city of Auburn in 1815. At once the church “began a work so inspired that its effect was immediately felt” (Rev. William H. Hubbard). In our past we find the seeds of our future . In 1815 the church began work on a house of worship to be located at the corner of Franklin and North Streets, where the church stood from 1817 to 1973. The first building was a colonial church, which the congregation outgrew and replaced with a limestone structure. The church donated the colonial structure to the Lansing Street Presbyterian Mission School. The building was dismantled and moved up the hill to land owned by Elder James Seymour, where it was rebuilt in 1869 as a smaller structure. The building, much enlarged, still stands as Calvary Presbyterian Church, the oldest church building in Auburn. The Calvary Food Pantry, a significant mission of First Presbyterian Church, is located there. This is the interior of the Old First Church at Calvary today.