Sunday, January 15, 2006

First Baptist Church

Completed in 1930 to serve parishioners in central Phoenix before suburban expansion after World War II, this four-story church includes a roof-top garden, concrete and wood floors, diamond-patterned clerestory windows, Italian gothic motifs, three-pointed arch doorways, decorative cornices, stone columns, and a bell tower. While saved from demolition in 1992 from previous fire damage and despite the best intentions of its current owner, the building continues to lay dormant. (Photo source: Jim McPherson.)

August 2007 Update: Discussions continue between the property owner and other interested parties, including the City of Phoenix and Arizona State University, to find solutions to protect this site. A proposed new multi-story retail/residential development on the northwest corner of the block could impact the project.