St. Luke's Episcopal Church

15th and Church Sts., NW, Washington, District of Columbia

Photos 

EAST (FRONT) FACADE

Photo taken for the Historic American Buildings Survey

Map 

Description 

Tradition associates Calvin T.S. Brent (1854-1899), Washington's earliest known black architect, with the design of this church. St. Luke's rivals Mount Zion United Methodist Church in Georgetown as Washington's oldest surviving church building built for a black congregation. St. Luke's also stands as a reminder of the post Civil War period of Afro-American history when the institution of the church was unrivaled as the center of the Negro's political and social, as well as religious life. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS DC-359)

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 11, 1976
Reference number
76002131
Architectural styles
Victorian: Gothic; Other architectural type; Early English Gothic
Areas of significance
Ethnic Heritage - Black; Literature; Education; Social History
Level of significance
National
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Building
Historic function
Religious structure
Current function
Religious structure
Period of significance
1875-1899
Significant years
1876; 1898

Update Log 

  • May 11, 2012: Imported photos from HABS/HAER

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