Allen Avenue Baptist Church – Allen

Allen Avenue Baptist Church was established after World War I as an outgrowth of a Baptist mission founded by a Mr. Ellison. The present appearance of the church building probably dates from a major remodeling in 1928 by architect H. D. Withers. (It resembles closely Calvary Baptist Church, designed by Withers about the same time; see 1709 E. Hattie Street). A high gabled nave with parapet is flanked by flat-roofed side wings. Walls are clad in red brick. Cast stone trim includes an elaborate window surround with Baroque ornamentation and twin cartouches inscribed with the letter “B.” The entry has been altered. Allen Avenue Church of Christ purchased the building in 1954. Since 1974, the building has served as Muhammad’s Temple No. 52. With restoration and more precise documentation, it may be eligible for the National Register.

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