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Mt. Gilead Baptist Church

600 Grove St. - 1912

  • Mt. Gilead Baptist Church
    Mt. Gilead Baptist Church
  • Pulpit and Choir Loft Inside Mt. Gilead Baptist Church
    Pulpit and Choir Loft Inside Mt. Gilead Baptist Church
  • Balcony of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church
    Balcony of Mt. Gilead Baptist Church
  • Stained Glass Dome Inside Mt. Gilead Baptist Church
    Stained Glass Dome Inside Mt. Gilead Baptist Church

Sanguinet & Staats were the Architects of Record on this beautiful church building. W.A. Rayfield was a contributing architect on this project. This church is Fort Worth's oldest Baptist African-American congregation. J.W.O. Guinn and B.W. Owens were the contractors.  The cornerstone lists L.K. Williams as the pastor, with no mention of the architects or contractors. The building is Neo-Classical in styling with a pedimented entrance on a raised podium. The sanctuary features a stained glass dome. The partial basement features classrooms, a fellowship hall and a swimming pool that provided a place for African-American youth to swim. The swimming pool is not used. At one time, the church anchored a thriving African-American neighborhood. Over the years, the building has been altered somewhat, but still features red brick and many of the stained glass windows. Currently, the church sits at the edge of downtown with a freeway ending almost at the front door.

 

Architectural Style:
Neo-Classical

Contributing Architect:
W.A. Rayfield

Architect of Record:
Sanguinet & Staats, Fort Worth

Contractors:
J.W.O. Guinn and B.W. Owens

Category:
Church