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Freemason Street Baptist Church

 
 
Freemason Street Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
1. Freemason Street Baptist Church Marker
Inscription. In May 1848 former members of the Cumberland Street Baptist Church organized to become the Freemason Street Baptist Church. A new church building was begun that year and completed and dedicated in May 1850. The Reverend Tiberius Gracchus Jones, a noted author and preacher, was the church's first pastor. Thomas Ustick Walter (1804-1887) of Philadelphia, of the most prominent architects of the mid-19th century, designed the Gothic Revival structure. In Norfolk, Walter also designed the Norfolk Academy building (1840) and consulted on the dome for the City Hall and Courthouse (1850). He later gained fame as the architect of the massive dome of the U.S. Capitol. With its original steeple, higher than the present one, Freemason Street Baptist Church was the tallest structure in Norfolk from 1850 to 1879. During a severe storm in August 1879 the steeple was blown off and landed in Freemason Street. It was replaced with the present steeple in 1897. The church building is included on the National Register of Historic Places.
 
Erected by City of Norfolk.
 
Location. 36° 51.019′ N, 76° 17.215′ W. Marker is in Norfolk, Virginia. Marker is at the intersection of East Freemason Street and Bank Street, on the left when traveling
Freemason Street Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
2. Freemason Street Baptist Church Marker
east on East Freemason Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 400 E. Freemason St, Norfolk VA 23510, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Whitehead House, 1791 (within shouting distance of this marker); Moses Myers, House 1792 (within shouting distance of this marker); Willoughby-Baylor House, 1794 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bank Street Baptist Church (about 500 feet away); Epworth United Methodist Church, 1894 (about 800 feet away); First Baptist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Paulís Church, 1739 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Norfolk College for Young Ladies (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Norfolk.
 
Also see . . .
1. Freemason Street Baptist Church. (Submitted on October 13, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.)
2. Freemason Street Baptist Church (pdf file). National Register of Historic Places (Submitted on October 13, 2011, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.
 
Freemason Street Baptist Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Sandra Hughes, August 10, 2010
3. Freemason Street Baptist Church Marker
Freemason Street Baptist Church has been registered as a Virginia Historic Landmark pursuant to the authority vested in the Virginia Board of Historic Resources.
Freemason Street Baptist Church image. Click for full size.
By Kevin Vincent, November 5, 2012
4. Freemason Street Baptist Church
Interior of the church image. Click for full size.
By Marsha A. Matson, June 5, 2015
5. Interior of the church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 13, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 619 times since then and 35 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on October 13, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.   4. submitted on May 8, 2013, by Kevin Vincent of Arlington, Virginia.   5. submitted on June 8, 2015, by Marsha A. Matson of Palmetto Bay, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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