Allen Chapel AME Church (Fort Worth, Texas)
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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
|Location||116 Elm St., Fort Worth, Texas|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Architect||Pittman, William Sidney; Reed, William & Sons|
|Architectural style||Late Gothic Revival, Other, Tudor Gothic|
|NRHP reference #||84000169|
|Added to NRHP||October 18, 1984|
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.
- 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.
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