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IWALKED NEW YORK CITY’S FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH IN THE CITY OF NEW YORK
The First Baptist Church is an intriguing architectural building that is wrought with Biblical symbolism. It was designed by architect George Keister in 1891 and constructed primarily of an Indiana limestone. Prior to designing the First Baptist Church, Keister was best known for his theater designs such as the Apollo Theater. His design was selected out of twelve submitted designs and is constructed in an Italian Romaneque style.
To describe the church, the initial focal point is the large central square tower. This tower has the letters FBC carved just above the doorway and a magnificent stained glass rose window just atop the entrance. Ironically when the church was first built the roof was also constructed of stained glass before its obvious lack of practicality forced it to be replaced. Continuing to work our way up the tower though, you see two dates emblazoned into the stone. The first date on the left (1745) was when the congregation was founded. The latter date to the right (1891) signifies when the current church was erected. Above the dates are two unequal mini-towers. The taller tower here on the left is said to represent the church’s leader, Jesus Christ. The smaller complementary tower on the rightappears to be incomplete, although this is because it was intentionally left so. The tower was intentionally left unfinished until the second coming of Jesus. There are two additional shorter towers just to the left and right of the central tower. These are meant to symbolize the Old and New Testaments.
Getting into the history of the First Baptist it originated in 1745 and had its first church on Gold Street in Lower Manhattan. The preacher of this original church was a man by the name of John Gano. That building in which Gano provided his sermons in was unfortunately nearly destroyed by the British during the Revolutionary War and its remnants used as a stable for British troops. Upon conclusion of the war, however, George Washington returned to its site and asked John Gano to baptize him there. That event is memorialized via a series of paintings now located within the Gano Chapel. The paintings are actually replicas as the originals reside in William Jewell College in Missouri. In addition, to the Washington baptism paintings, you will find a gift from General Washington to Reverend Gano which was a sword that was re-gifted by Washington whom had originally received it from General Marquis de Lafayette.
Address: 265 West 79th Street, New York City, NY
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Painters hang from suspended wires on the Brooklyn Bridge. October 7, 1914.
New York City in 1980
Just Imagine (1930), dir. David Butler
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A Saturday Christmas Shopping Crowd [corner of 34th Street and Broadway, looking north], ca. 1925-1930, photograph by Underwood & Underwood. Gelatin silver print. New-York Historical Society # 70303
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In honor of Chanukah