Macedonia Baptist Church

3240 Adams Street, Denver,Co



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"The historic African-American congregation of the Macedonia Baptist Church at 3240 Adams Street in Denver has been housed at this location since 1963. The buildings are locally significant under Criterion A in the areas of Ethnic Heritage: Black and Social History for the church's association with and role in Denver's civil rights struggle. The period of significance for Criterion A is for the year 1963, date of the move of the congregation to this location, to 1965, in accordance with National Register guidance. Among other civil rights luminaries over the course of the church's history, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. spoke at this location in January 1964. The church and its educational annex are further locally significant under Criterion C in the area of Architecture for 1954, the year of their construction for a different congregation, as a fine example with excellent integrity of mid-century Modernism (Modern Movement) as applied to religious buildings designed by two Denver Modernist architects, Harlan E. Rathbun (education annex) and Ralph D. Peterson (church). The buildings feature abstract and figurative art glass, original mid-century materials, prominent use of brick with clerestory and steel-frame fenestration, and a horizontality grounding them in the landscape. This religious property meets Criteria Consideration A as it derives its primary significance from architectural distinction and historical importance as judged in secular terms." (from )

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  • December 2, 2015: Added by Dave King