St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Washington, D.C.)

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St. Luke's Episcopal Church
Washington, D.C.
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St. Luke's Episcopal Church
St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Washington, D.C.) is located in Washington, D.C.
St. Luke's Episcopal Church (Washington, D.C.)

1514 15th Street,N.W.

Washington, D.C.
Coordinates 38°54′37″N 77°2′5″W / 38.91028°N 77.03472°W / 38.91028; -77.03472Coordinates: 38°54′37″N 77°2′5″W / 38.91028°N 77.03472°W / 38.91028; -77.03472
Built 1876-1880
NRHP Reference # 76002131
Significant dates
Added to NRHP May 11, 1976[1]
Designated NHL May 11, 1976[2]

St. Luke's Episcopal Church is a historic Episcopal church located at 1514 15th Street,N.W., in Washington, D.C.. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and further was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1976.[2][3]


In 1875, some members of St. Mary's Chapel for Colored People in Foggy Bottom and their rector, the Rev. Alexander Crummell of New York City, left St. Mary's to found St. Luke's as the first independent black Episcopal church in Washington. St. Luke's was chartered as a Colored Episcopal Mission. Its neighborhood of Columbia Heights had numerous black families. Calvin T. S. Brent, generally considered to be Washington's first black architect, designed the church after an Anglican church in Coventry, England. Construction on the church began in 1876 and was completed in 1880.

The first service was held on Thanksgiving Day 1879. Alexander Crummell served as rector until his retirement in 1894.[4]

National Register listing[edit]

  • St. Luke's Episcopal Church *** (added 1976 - Building - #76002131)
  • 15th and Church Sts., NW, Washington
  • Historic Significance: Person
  • Historic Person: Crummell,Alexander
  • Significant Year: 1876, 1898
  • Area of Significance: Social History, Education, Black, Literature
  • Period of Significance: 1875-1899
  • Owner: Private
  • Historic Function: Religion
  • Historic Sub-function: Religious Structure
  • Current Function: Religion
  • Current Sub-function: Religious Structure

Present status[edit]

St. Luke's continues as an active parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. As of 2012, the Priest-in-Charge is the Rev. Ray D. Massenburg; .[5]

See also[edit]



  1. ^ National Park Service (2007-01-23). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "St. Luke's Episcopal Church". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-09-04. 
  3. ^ ____ (, 19). National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: _____ (pdf). National Park Service.  Check date values in: |date= (help) and Accompanying ____ photos, exterior and interior, from 19___ (32 KB)
  4. ^ "St. Luke's Episcopal Church", African American Heritage Trail
  5. ^ "Clergy", St. Luke's Website

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