First Baptist Church (Knoxville, Tennessee)
First Baptist Church
|Location||510 Main Ave., Knoxville, Tennessee|
|Area||3 acres (1.2 ha)|
|Built by||Worsham Bros.|
|Architect||Dougherty & Gardner|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival, Octagon, Other|
|MPS||Knoxville and Knox County MPS|
|NRHP Reference #||97000223|
|Added to NRHP||March 8, 1997|
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The congregation was organized in 1843 by James and John Moses. After its first baptismal service in nearby First Creek[disambiguation needed], the church had 46 members, including 20 African-Americans. The churchorganized its first Sunday School in 1845. The first building was constructed on Gay Street in 1850. The second building was built at the same location in 1887.
The third (and present) building was completed in 1924 at the Main Street location, three years after Dr. Frederick Fernando Brown became pastor. This architecturally-significant structure, noteworthy for its Neoclassical design and octagonal sanctuary, was designed by Dougherty & Gardner of Nashville, Tennessee, and is modeled on St Martin-in-the-Fields of London. The exterior of the church sanctuary is sheathed in marble, although the adjoining education space is brick.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Ann K. Bennett (October 1996). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: First Baptist Church" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved February 5, 2016. Accompanying 24 photos.