Old Stone Church

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91 Public Sq, Cleveland, OH 44113(216) 241-6145
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Business Type: Church
Old Stone Church
91 Public Sq, Cleveland, OH 44113
(216) 241-6145

About Old Stone Church (Cleveland, Ohio)

The Old Stone Church is a historic Presbyterian church located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio, and is the oldest building on Public Square. It is also the second church built within the city limits.

In June 1819, the Union Sunday School began meeting on the site of the current church, and on September 19, 1820, fifteen Clevelanders, some ten percent of the then-village’s population, signed a charter officially establishing the congregation. It was formally incorporated in 1827 as The First Presbyterian Society, and in 1834 the first church was built out of gray sandstone.

The interior featured a gallery suspended by iron rods, reportedly a first in a Cleveland public building, as well as the city’s first pipe organ. Because of its building materials, First Presbyterian was called “the Stone Church,” and as other stone churches were erected in the area, it became known as the “Old Stone Church.”

By 1853, the congregation had outgrown the original building, so the church was razed, and a larger replacement was built on the same spot. The Romanesque Revival church, dedicated on August 12, 1855, was also made of local sandstone, and was designed by architects Charles Heard and Simeon Porter.

Directions to Old Stone Church

Old Stone Church is located on Public Square right in the heart of Downtown Cleveland. Follow the signs on any of the major highways to Public Square. Once you get to Public Square, you can’t miss us! We are in the northwest quadrant of Public Square, at the intersection of Rockwell and Ontario Streets. For more detailed directions, click on the “Directions” link on the map to the right. During office hours, when the Sanctuary doors are closed, visitors may enter the church through the Ontario Street entrance.