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PROPERTY INFORMATION

Historic Name

First Baptist Church

Current Name

Address

30 Green Street

Tax Parcel

1114_17.01_21

Historic District

Witherspoon Jackson HD

Classification

Contributing

Number of Resources

2

Style

Vernacular

Number of Stories

2

Material

Stucco

Historic Function

Religion

Current Function

Religion

Last Entry Update

11/13/2015


DESCRIPTION

Setting

House that is part of the First Baptist Church group near the corner of John Street and Paul Robeson Place. The house is immediately north of the church building which is oriented east/west along Paul Robeson Place.

Description

The two story stuccoed building on a raised foundation is a variant of the American Foursquare with a pyramidal hip roof with a centered dormer facing forward. The street (north) facade is three bays with the entrance door centered on a three bay hip roofed porch with slender Tuscan columns and turned wood balusters in the wood railings. The windows are one over one with additional casings and hood mouldings on the pair flanking the front door. There are four windows on each side facade and a small square chimney in the SE quadrant of the roof.

The church building is located on the northeast corner of the intersection of Paul Robeson Place and John Street. It consists of a chapel plan core, facing west, with an entrance addition on the west elevation and a large addition on the north side. The core is a 1-story building with a front end gable facing west. A louvered, octagonal spire sits on a square base near the west end of the ridge. The roof is clad with asphalt shingles and features a stuccoed chimney on the west end. Triangular brackets are located below the rakes on the gable ends. The core's walls are stuccoed, with five double hung sash windows on the south wall, facing onto Paul Robeson Place.

The church core has several additions. A gabled narthex type entrance on the west elevation has a lower ridge than the core; it repeats the core's cladding, including the triangular brackets. An extended hood atop monumental stairs leads to the entrance of the narthex section. A small gabled section is located on the southeast corner of the core. The largest addition is located along the north elevation of the core. Its ridge was constructed parallel to the core, with the roofs meeting in a valley. The addition repeats the triangular brackets and stuccoed walls of the core. A small gabled entrance with an oversized roof announces the section's entrance on the west elevation.


HISTORY

Built

1893

Architect

 

Builder

 

History

The house on the property is one of the oldest houses in the Witherspoon- Jackson community. It appears on the map of 1852 and all later maps. The church building was constructed in 1885 and later enlarged.

The First Baptist Church was founded as the Bright Hope Baptist Church. It started as a prayer group in 1880, meeting in homes. The growing congregation purchased this property for $1,400. The cornerstone of the church building was laid in 1885. in 1930, the congregation's name was changed from Bright Hope Baptist Church to the First Baptist Church. During the planning in the 1950s for Avalon Place, early plans called for moving the church building. The congregation refused to sell their property, and the church building survived on its current parcel.

Sources

Information from Shirley Satterfield.


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UPDATE

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PHOTO FROM 2015 SURVEY


2015 Photo
North and east elevations


2015 Photo
North (main) elevation


2015 Photo
North and west elevations


2015 Photo
Church: west and south elevations


2015 Photo
Church: west elevation


HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS

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