Greenville Baptist Church

Historic Property
Alternate Name:
First Baptist Church; Downtown Baptist Church
Street Address:
101 W McBee Ave

Site Number:
0011
Control Number:
U/45/0011
Date Surveyed:
November 14 2002
Category:
Building
Construction Date:
1858
Alteration Date:
circa 1915;1940;circa 1950
Historic Use:
Religion
Current Use:
Religion
Historic Core Shape:
Rectangular
Architect or Builder:
Samuel Sloan
Number of Stories:
2
Construction Method:
masonry
Exterior Walls Materials:
Stucco
Foundation Materials:
Raised Basement
Roof Shape:
gable, end to front
Roof Materials:
composition shingle
Porch Width:
full facade
Porch Shape:
pedimented gable
National Register Determination:
listed
Signficant Architectural Features:
imposing Greek Revival church building; stucco over brick; gable roof; pedimented portico on 6 Ionic columns; 3 double-leaf entries capped by pediment; 6 bays deep w/pilasters; octagonal spire on square base
Alterations:
Sunday school wing added (ca. 1914); alterations to fa├žade and sides (ca. 1915); 3-story block added (1950) with other additions (1956, 1957)
Historical Information:
Organized in 1831, the Greenville Baptist Church was the largest congregation in the city by 1930. After Furman University relocated to Greenville, congregation considered erecting larger structure to strenghten position of the church in the community. Samual Sloan, prominent American architect from Philadelphia, designed the structure, which was completed in 1858.
Source of Historical Information:
NR nomination. Vertical files, Greenville County Public Library
Quadrangle Name:
Greenville