Our History

We've been in the South Wedge since 1856!


Our church has a rich history within the South Wedge community. Calvary Presbyterian Church was constituted July 15, 1856 on Hamilton Street. In the same community a few blocks away in 1873 St. Andrew's Episcopal Church was started. The two congregations served the same community and in 1968 decided to literally join together. The Presbyterian congregation sold its building and moved to the Episcopal Church. As a joint parish they witnessed to the transforming presence of Christ in the City of Rochester. In 2001, after a four year process of discernment, the congregation became solely Presbyterian and bought the building.


The 1873 Gothic sanctuary has many wonderful works of art that are the legacy from the height of St. Andrew's Church.

The history of our building

Of particular note:


The Sanctuary

The Gothic sanctuary was designed by Richard Upjohn in the style resembling Trinity Church in New York City.


Baptismal Font

The font is a relic of the original Calvary Presbyterian church of 1885 and is still in use today.


The High Altar

The High Altar was designed by George Haushalter, as a gift of Mrs. Henry (Maria) Perkins on April 11, 1899. The marble was imported from Carrara, Italy.


High Altar Window

The high altar window was designed by George Haushalter, made by the Calvert & Kimberly company in New York City, and given by Marie Atkinson Perkins Willard. The scene depicts Christ's tomb on Easter morning (Mark 16: 1-6)


Epiphany Altar

Located to the left in the sanctuary, the small altar and painting were gifts of Mrs. James S. (Emily) Watson in memory of her late mother, Mrs Hiram (Elizabeth) Sibley. It depicts the adoration of the three Wiseman at the crib of the infant Jesus.


The Stained Glass Windows

The Rose window was given in memory of Henry Brooks Ellwanger in 1883. He was the organist and choir master at the time.



Coming Events

  • June 16th - 7:30pm
    1969 Grammy Award Ceremony Relived.
    Starring "Watkins and the Rapiers" along with many local guest artists.
  • June 24th - 2:00
    Local author 
    Richard Reisem will talk about his latest book:
    "Buried Treasures in Mt. Hope Cemetery"
  • June 26-29: ROC SALT mission program with youth from Third Presbyterian Church.

Our Location

Contact Us

Calvary St Andrews Presbyterian Parish


68 Ashland St (corner of Averill, 1 block east of Mt. Hope)

Rochester, NY 14620

Phone: 585 325-4950

Email us:  calvarystandrews@gmail.com