Slide Title

First Baptist Church

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Description

First Baptist Church was founded by Roger Williams in 1638. The building that stands today on North Main Street was built between 1774 and 1775. This building shows Providence’s increasing wealth and power during this time period. John and Joseph Brown were responsible for the design of the church. It is an 80-ft. square building that blends two traditions together: the New England meeting house, and the Anglican parish church. The steeple derives from James Gibb’s 1728 Book of Architecture, Plate 30, an alternative design for St. Martin-in-the-Fields of 1726 in Trafalgar Square, London.

Notes

Woodward, PPS/AlAri Guide to Providence Architecture (Providence, 2003), 23-25.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Baptist_Church_in_America

Creator 2 Dates

1733-1785

Creator 2 Role

architect

Creator 3 Dates

1716-1777

Creator 3 Role

master carpenter

Creator 4 Role

carpenter

Building Style

Neoclassical

Subject Headings

Historic buildings -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Religious architecture -- Rhode Island -- Providence; Architecture, Modern -- 18th century -- Rhode Island -- Providence; City churches -- Rhode Island -- Providence; First Baptist Church (Providence, R.I.); Architecture, Colonial -- United States -- 18th century.

Country Name

United States of America

Region Name

Rhode Island

City Name

Providence

Street Address

75 North Main Street

Keywords

First Baptist Church; Joseph Brown; James Gibbs; St. Martins-in-the-Fields; Colonial architecture

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