Doorway, First Baptist Church, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina

First Baptist Church I (Raleigh, N.C.)
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Doorway, First Baptist Church, Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina
Church buildings
Greek revival (Architecture)
Original Format:
Black and white print (photograph)
5 x 7 in.
Item identifier:
Architectural photographs
Raleigh (N.C.)
Digital Project:
Built Heritage

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Special Collections Research Center at NC State University Libraries
Historic Architecture Research. Project Records (UA110.041) held by Special Collections Research Center at NC State University Libraries
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Building: First Baptist Church I -- Raleigh Baptist Church (Raleigh, Wake County, North Carolina)

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Salisbury St. at Edenton St.
Capitol Area Historic District
North Carolina
Provenance note:
Baptist congregation, first owner
Historical note:
The Raleigh Baptist Church of Raleigh, N.C., which became the first Baptist church in 1883, was organized in 1812. William Percival, a retired British army officer with architectural offices in Richmond, Virginia and Raleigh, designed the original building and was probably built by the construction firm of Briggs and Dodd. The church was William Percival's first commission in North Carolina. The building lies within the boundaries of the Capitol Area Historic District, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Architectural note:
Completed in 1859, the original construction was brick masonry with a Greek Cross plan and a pinnacle spire at the east end. The nave and transepts are spanned with a massive Upjohn-type cross vault system supported on corbeled brackets. Sometime between 1902 and 1910 the church was remodeled, through to what extent is unclear. In 126 and extension of rooms was added to the west end of the building. Major renovations were made during the period 1954 to 1959 including resurfacing the exterior with stucco, renovating the lighting system and replacing the carpeting and pews. Today the original church is in essence encased within the subsequent renovation and repairs excepting the vaulting of the ceiling.
Raleigh (N.C.)
Church buildings
Historic buildings