Wednesday, February 27, 2008
First Baptist Church
In 1801, Baptists began meeting in the U.S. Treasury building in Washington, D.C. A year later, several laypeople and a few ministers organized a church and declared its mission to "serve as an additional inducement to such as may feel inclined to remove to this City; as also to traveling preachers of that denomination to visit their Brethren and preach in this place."
Prior to this building, the First Baptist Church of the City of Washington, D.C., (1328 16th Street NW) met in four other sites throughout the city, including the site where Ford's Theater is now located. In 1890, the congregation moved to its present location on 16th Street and in 1955 services were held for the first time in the sanctuary pictured above.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 2/08