Pilgrim Congregational Church (Oklahoma City)
Pilgrim Congregational Church
1433 Classen Drive
|Architect||Hawk & Parr|
|Architectural style||Late Gothic Revival|
|NRHP Reference #||84003389|
|Added to NRHP||1984|
Pilgrim Congregational Church was the former name of the church (now City Presbyterian Church) located at 1433 Classen Drive in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. Built in 1920, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.
During its heyday the church was the place of worship for many of Oklahoma City's civic leaders, including The Oklahoman's publisher E.K. Gaylord. From 1924 to 1935 the church was led by Frank Milton Sheldon, who wrote a number of religious texts, later became the minister at Milwaukee's NRHP-listed Grand Avenue Congregational Church, and was described by the Milwaukee Journal as "one of America's best known ministers".
The congregation was later absorbed into Oklahoma City's Mayflower Community Church, a member of the United Church of Christ, and sold the property to a local architect in the late 1970s. The architect used part of the property for offices while renting out the main worship space for religious functions, then attempted unsuccessfully to convert part of the space to residential use before selling it in 1989. The building fell into disrepair under subsequent ownership. In 2000 the building was purchased by a pair of doctors, who later announced plans to convert it into a health spa. They added an indoor swimming pool and other facilities, but the spa project was unsuccessful. The building was offered for sale by auction in June 2011, but failed to sell.
On September 8, 2013, City Presbyterian Church announced that it had entered into an agreement to purchase the property, and the purchase was completed on November 1, 2013. City Presbyterian intends to have a "grand opening" of the Pilgrim Congregational building on Easter Sunday, April 20, 2014.
- National Register listings for Oklahoma County (accessed June 18, 2011).
- Richard Mize, "Oklahoma City's historic Pilgrim Congregational Church house goes on the block", The Oklahoman, June 18, 2011.
- "Hail Doctor Sheldon in Pulpit Here", Milwaukee Journal, April 15, 1935.
- "Rev. Sheldon Dead: Served Church Here", Milwaukee Journal, May 22, 1956.
- Janice Francis-Smith, "Doctors redevelop church into health and wellness center", The Journal Record, January 27, 2003.
- Richard Mize, "Former Pilgrim Congregational Church in Oklahoma City fails to sell at auction", The Oklahoman, June 28, 2011.
- "Building", City Presbyterian Church (accessed 2014-02-15)
- Richard Mize, "City Presbyterian in Oklahoma City skips lease, buys vacant Pilgrim Congregational property", The Oklahoman, November 14, 2013.