First Calvary Baptist Church

Historical Significance

Located in Norfolk's Huntersville neighborhood, First Calvary Baptist Church is one of the state's few black churches built with a distinctly eighteenth-century English architectural character. The church congregation grew as more blacks moved from rural locations to urban cities looking for work during World War I. The congregation grew from four members in 1880 to more than fifteen hundred in four decades.

Physical Description

Designed in 1915 by Mitchell & Wilcox, Norfolk's leading architectural firm, the four-story, eleven-bay structure is made of Flemish-bond brick and executed in Second Renaissance Revival style. Decorative terra cotta adorns the facade and Henry Street elevations, and additional decorative features include Corinthian columns, balustrades, and finials, and a wedding-cake belfry.

Geographical and Contact Information

1036-1040 Wide Street
Norfolk, Virginia
23504

Cite this Page:

Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, “First Calvary Baptist Church,” African American Historic Sites Database, accessed March 30, 2017, http://aahistoricsitesva.org/items/show/147.

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