Photo, Print, Drawing Harmony Street Baptist Church, 527 Forty-Second Place North, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL

[ Photos from Survey HABS AL-986  ]

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About this Item

Title
Harmony Street Baptist Church, 527 Forty-Second Place North, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL
Contributor Names
Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Pettiford, William
Rayfield, Wallace A
Stroud, Nathan J
Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights
Price, Virginia Barrett, transmitter
Birmingham Historical Society, contractor
Dennis, Christopher, field team
Howell, Brenda, field team
Jones, Bill, field team
Slaughter, Carol, field team
Hamilton, Amy, field team
Anderson, Richard K, Jr, delineator
White, Marjorie L, historian
Lowe, Jet, photographer
Created / Published
Documentation compiled after 1933
Subject Headings
-  Baptist churches
-  brick buildings
-  religions
-  African Americans
-  civil rights
-  Alabama -- Jefferson County -- Birmingham
Latitude / Longitude
33.53104,-86.77481
Notes
-  Significance: The building's architect, Wallace A. Rayfield, was a notably successful African American architect in the late nineteenth and early 20th centuries. After earning a B.S. degree in classics in 1896 from Howard University (Washington, DC), he obtained a certificate in architecture from Pratt Institute (Brooklyn, NY) in 1898 and graduated in 1899 from Columbia University (New York, NY). He received his bachelor of architecture degree from Columbia in 1900. He also attended the Polytechnic Institute in London, England. From 1899 to 1907 he taught at Tuskegee Institute as a faculty member in the first architectural program at an African American college. He practiced architecture in Birmingham 1908-1929. Due to its large seating capacity and supportive pastor, Thirty Second Street Church frequently hosted the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR) during the nationally significant Civil Rights movement in Birmingham during the 1950s and 1960s.
-  Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: N787
-  Survey number: HABS AL-986
-  Building/structure dates: 1924 Initial Construction
-  Building/structure dates: 1949 Subsequent Work
-  Building/structure dates: 1962 Subsequent Work
Medium
Photo(s): 5
Measured Drawing(s): 1
Photo Caption Page(s): 1
Call Number/Physical Location
HABS ALA,37-BIRM,29-
Source Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Control Number
al1217
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html
Language
English
Online Format
image
pdf
Description
Photo(s): 5 | Measured Drawing(s): 1 | Photo Caption Page(s): 1

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Chicago citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, William Pettiford, Wallace A Rayfield, Nathan J Stroud, Alabama Christian Movement For Human Rights, Contractor Birmingham Historical Society, Christopher Dennis, et al., Lowe, Jet, photographer. Harmony Street Baptist Church, 527 Forty-Second Place North, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL. Alabama Birmingham Jefferson County, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/al1217/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, C., Pettiford, W., Rayfield, W. A., Stroud, N. J., Alabama Christian Movement For Human Rights, Birmingham Historical Society, C. [...] White, M. L., Lowe, J., photographer. (1933) Harmony Street Baptist Church, 527 Forty-Second Place North, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL. Alabama Birmingham Jefferson County, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/al1217/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, et al., photographer by Lowe, Jet. Harmony Street Baptist Church, 527 Forty-Second Place North, Birmingham, Jefferson County, AL. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/al1217/>.