Fantastic work Phoenixville. As usual, Patch readers demonstrated a tremendous knowledge of the borough in last week's Then and Now challenge. The quickest to the draw though was Mark Chester, who recognized the building in question as the former United Church of Christ on Third Avenue and Buttonwood.
Below, via the terrific folks over at the Historical Society of the Phoenixville area, is some context.
The United Church of Christ, Hungarian Reformed had services in Phoenixville as early as 1895-96, but it wasn’t until 1900 that the First church building at Third Avenue and Buttonwood Streetwas dedicated. It was the eighth Hungarian Reformed Church in the USA. The first serviceswere spoken in Hungarian and it wasn’t until 1949 that separate services were held in English.In 1933 the congregation moved to its present site at Third Avenue and Main Street where in the1980s the name changed to Parkside United Church of Christ.
The building on Third Ave and Buttonwood now houses a clock shop.