Edenton Baptist Church

W. J. Matthews, contractor; James M. McMichael, architect


Edenton, Chowan County
Street Address:

206 S. Granville St., Edenton, NC





Images Published In:

Thomas R. Butchko, Edenton, an Architectural Portrait: The Historic Architecture of Edenton, North Carolina (1992).


The Manufacturers’ Record noted on January 27, 1916, that Edenton’s Baptist congregation was “reported to have let contract to Mr. [W. J.] Matthews, Kinston, N.C., to erect building; cost $20,000; colonial style; brick and stone trimmings; metal roof; tile floors on porches; indirect lighting; rolling partitions,” with Christopher Gadsden Sayre as architect. But matters soon changed, and on March 30, 1916, the same publication reported that the congregation had let a contract to the same builder to construct their church, which was to be “brick; 82x135 ft.; steam heat; electric light; rolling partitions; accordion doors; Mt. Airy granite trimmings; Indiana limestone columns with bases and caps; copper dome with ornamental cathedral glass; auditorium of art glass; J. M. McMichael, Archt., Charlotte, N.C.” There was no mention of cost or the reason for the difference in the architects. The cornerstone had been laid on March 7, 1916. However, World War I delayed construction, and the church was dedicated on June 20, 1920, a highly representative example of McMichael’s domed brick church edifices.