Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church

116 Elm St. - 1912

  • Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church
    Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church

Historic Designations:

National Register of Historic Places
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark


This Gothic Revival church features a single bell tower on the southeast corner of the building.  The architect for the building has been reported to be the son-in-law of Booker T. Washington.  It was also reported that very few of his works still remain standing.  Entry is achieved through two vestibules at each corner of the building.  After entering, you face the congregation, which is rather unusual in church design, but similar to the old Central Methodist Church (now Southside Preservation Hall) constructed around the same time in the Fairmount Neighborhood.  The interior of the church, with a pressed metal ceiling, pipe organ, and stained glass windows is well preserved. Unfortunately, the bell tower was struck by lightning a few years ago and was removed. The bricks have been stored for future reconstruction.


Architectural Style:

Gothic Revival