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Allen Chapel AME Church (Fort Worth, Texas)

Allen Chapel AME Church is a historic church at the corner of First Street and Elm Street in Fort Worth, Texas.

Allen Chapel AME Church
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Allen Chapel AME Church (Fort Worth, Texas) is located in Texas
Allen Chapel AME Church (Fort Worth, Texas)
Allen Chapel AME Church (Fort Worth, Texas) is located in the United States
Allen Chapel AME Church (Fort Worth, Texas)
Location116 Elm St., Fort Worth, Texas
Coordinates32°45′32″N 97°19′38″W / 32.75889°N 97.32722°W / 32.75889; -97.32722Coordinates: 32°45′32″N 97°19′38″W / 32.75889°N 97.32722°W / 32.75889; -97.32722
Arealess than one acre
ArchitectPittman, William Sidney; Reed, William & Sons
Architectural styleLate Gothic Revival, Other, Tudor Gothic
NRHP reference #84000169[1]
RTHL #124
Significant dates
Added to NRHPOctober 18, 1984
Designated RTHL1983



The Tudor Gothic Revival building was designed by noted African-American architect William Sidney Pittman, son-in-law of Booker T. Washington. When the church was completed in 1914, it sat 1,350 people. It was named after Richard Allen, a former slave and African-American minister who was the first bishop of the African-American Methodist Episcopal Church. Built at a cost of $20,000 it is the oldest and largest African Methodist Episcopal church in Fort Worth. The church established the first private schools for African-Americans. A pipe organ was installed in 1923. In 2011 lightning hit the church's bell tower causing extensive damage. The church was added to the National Register in October 18, 1984.

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See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.

Further readingEdit

  • Cary, Reby (2010). A Step Up: The Way Makers. Fort Worth: R. Cary. ISBN 978-978-66626-7-1.
  • Roark, Carol (1995). Fort Worth's Legendary Landmarks. Fort Worth: Texas Christian University Press. ISBN 0-87565-143-7.