Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
First Evangelical Church
The first sanctuary was a wooden building on the southeast corner of Texas Avenue at Milam Street. In 1901, under the Rev. William L. Blasberg (1862-1935), the congregation moved to the northwest corner of Texas at Caroline, to a new red brick and sandstone sanctuary. After selling the second structure in 1926, the First Evangelical Church, as it became known, purchased this site. Under the leadership of the Rev. Detlev Baltzer (1889-1962), the congregation hired architect Joseph W. Northrop, Jr., who had moved to Houston to oversee construction of the original Rice Institute, now Rice University. James West was general contractor for the new church campus, and J.C Nolan and the Star Electric and Engineering company held sub-contracts.
Northrop's North Italian Romanesque styling features terra cotta roof tiles on the sanctuary, education building and parsonage, as well as a campanile, or bell tower. The buildings were constructed of interlocking concrete tiles covered with buff-face brick and white sandstone trim. The campanile's bell was forged in 1880 and has rung
Erected 2002 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12912.)
Location. 29° 44.297′ N, 95° 22.538′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is at the intersection of Holman Street and Caroline Street, on the right when traveling west on Holman Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1311 Holman Street, Houston TX 77004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. San Jacinto High School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Temple Beth Israel (about 400 feet away); Trinity Episcopal Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Houston Light Guard Armory (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Houston Light Guard (approx. 0.2 miles away); Courtlandt Place (approx. half a mile away); James L. Autry House (approx. 0.6 miles away); The Waldo Mansion (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Also see . . . First Evangelical Lutheran Church. (Submitted on July 9, 2018.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 9, 2018. This page originally submitted on July 7, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. This page has been viewed 45 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 7, 2018, by Brian Anderson of Kingwood, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.