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801 WISCONSIN AVE

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801 WISCONSIN AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Other Name:FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:11933
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):801 WISCONSIN AVE
County:Racine
City:Racine
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PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1876
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Survey Date:1980
Historic Use:church
Architectural Style:Gothic Revival
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Wall Material:Brick
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Demolished?:No
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DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: Southside Historic District
National Register Listing Date:10/18/1977 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
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NOTES
Additional Information:The unusual cornerstone, at the base of this church's tower, has two sides with sunken panels. One facet contains the date, in raised numbers, and the other has the word "Centennial," which probably refers to the nation's 100th year. Corner towers are not unusual, but this one is set on an angle like St. Luke's Episcopal Church. The tower once had a tall steeple which was blown down in a late 19th century "hurricane".

POINTED ARCH WINDOWSANGLED ENTRANCE TOWER ONCE HAD TALL STEEPLELARGE ROSE WINDOW, ROUND, AND 3 CORNERED WINDOWS [Date Cnst:(11/30)-1877]

[B] The congreagation of the First Baptist Church was organized in 1840 and built its first building on the southwest corner of Sixth and Main. It burned in 1862 but was rebuilt. This church replaced that one when it was dedicated in 1878. Gorton Hall, to the south was added in 1917.
Bibliographic References:Jubilee Souvenir 1840-April 25-1890 Racine: First Baptist Church, 1890. [B] The Southside Historic District Walking Tour Guide. The Racine Landmarks Preservation Commission, May 1993.
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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