Emmanuel Baptist Church (Brooklyn)

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Emmanuel Baptist Church
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Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
Emmanuel Baptist Church (Brooklyn) is located in New York City
Emmanuel Baptist Church (Brooklyn)
Emmanuel Baptist Church (Brooklyn) is located in New York
Emmanuel Baptist Church (Brooklyn)
Emmanuel Baptist Church (Brooklyn) is located in the US
Emmanuel Baptist Church (Brooklyn)
Location 279 LaFayette Ave., Brooklyn, New York
Coordinates 40°41′19″N 73°57′54″W / 40.68861°N 73.96500°W / 40.68861; -73.96500Coordinates: 40°41′19″N 73°57′54″W / 40.68861°N 73.96500°W / 40.68861; -73.96500
Built 1883
Architect Kimball,Francis Hatch
Architectural style Romanesque, 2nd Gothic Revival
NRHP Reference # 77000945[1]
Added to NRHP December 16, 1977

Emmanuel Baptist Church is a Baptist church in the Clinton Hill neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, on the northwest corner of Lafayette Avenue and St. James Place. It was built 1887 to designs by architect Francis H. Kimball in the Gothic Revival style "as a synthesis of the cathedral type and the Baptist preaching church." It is considered one of Kimball's finest designs.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.[1]

The congregation was established around 1882 with 194 members that had broken from the Washington Avenue Baptist Church (Brooklyn, New York). The Emmanuel congregation commissioned architect E. L. Roberts, the architect of the Washington Avenue Baptist Church, to build them a small, Gothic-style, two-story interim chapel on St. James Place (1882–1883)." Fund raising for the permanent church began in 1884 and the church was opened on April 17, 1887. Noted architectural critic Montgomery Schuyler praised it as "a very rich scholarly and well considered design." The most conspicuous design feature of the interior was the central font.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b Robert A. M. Stern, Thomas Mellins, and David Fishman. New York 1880: Architecture and Urbanism in the Gilded Age. (New York: The Monacelli Press, 1999), p.896
  3. ^ Kathleen LaFrank (May 1977). "National Register of Historic Places Registration:Emmanuel Baptist Church". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2011-02-20.  See also: "Accompanying three photos".