First Baptist Church (Knoxville, Tennessee)

Coordinates: 35°57′37″N 83°55′7″W / 35.96028°N 83.91861°W / 35.96028; -83.91861
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First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church (Knoxville, Tennessee) is located in Tennessee
First Baptist Church (Knoxville, Tennessee)
First Baptist Church (Knoxville, Tennessee) is located in the United States
First Baptist Church (Knoxville, Tennessee)
Location510 Main Ave.,
Knoxville, Tennessee
Coordinates35°57′37″N 83°55′7″W / 35.96028°N 83.91861°W / 35.96028; -83.91861
Area3 acres (1.2 ha)
Built byWorsham Bros.
ArchitectDougherty & Gardner
Architectural styleClassical Revival, Octagon
MPSKnoxville and Knox County MPS
NRHP reference No.97000223[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 8, 1997

First Baptist Church is a historic church located in Knoxville, Tennessee. It is on the National Register of Historic Places.

The congregation was organized in 1843 by James and John Moses. After its first baptismal service in nearby First Creek, the church had 46 members, including 20 African-Americans. The church organized its first Sunday School in 1845. The first building was constructed on Gay Street in 1844. The second building was built at the same location in 1887.[2] The third (and present) building was completed in 1923 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.[2] The congregation is moderate,[3] and is member of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship,[4] a mainline denomination in the South.


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Ann K. Bennett (October 1996). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: First Baptist Church". National Park Service. Retrieved February 5, 2016. Accompanying 24 photos.
  3. ^ "What We Believe". Retrieved 28 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Partner Ministries". Retrieved 28 June 2020.

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