Pilgrim Congregational Church (Oklahoma City)

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Pilgrim Congregational Church
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Pilgrim Congregational Church (Oklahoma City) is located in Oklahoma
Pilgrim Congregational Church (Oklahoma City)

1433 Classen Drive

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Coordinates 35°29′0.24″N 97°31′37.07″W / 35.4834000°N 97.5269639°W / 35.4834000; -97.5269639Coordinates: 35°29′0.24″N 97°31′37.07″W / 35.4834000°N 97.5269639°W / 35.4834000; -97.5269639
Built 1920
Architect Hawk & Parr
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
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.[1]

Building history[edit]

The church was designed by the Oklahoma City architectural firm Hawk & Parr and built in 1920, of red brick and limestone in Late Gothic Revival style.

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.[2] 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".[3][4]

The congregation was later absorbed into Oklahoma City's Mayflower Community Church, a member of the United Church of Christ,[2] 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.[5] In 2000 the building was purchased by a pair of doctors, who later announced plans to convert it into a health spa.[5] 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,[2] but failed to sell.[6]

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.[7][8]

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