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New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church

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  3. 3. May 12, 2011 - “Seven to Save” is an annual outreach program of the Preservation Society of Charleston designed to focus the work of the organization in a proactive and constructive way, delivering intellectual and financial resources to raise awareness and support for key preservation projects in Charleston and the region. Seven sites, representative of seven broader issues, will be announced each year during National Historic Preservation Month in May as “Seven to Save.” Associated with each site will be specific programmatic activity, which can include: ·protective ordinances · historic resource surveys · National Register nominations · preservation and stabilization plans · adaptive use plans · historic markers · community workshops and training · hands-on clean-up/fix-up efforts · historical research · fundraising and special events · public awareness campaigns “The scope and aim of the Society should be very far reaching, ramifying into all parts of the city and all branches of the work of preservation.” -Minutes, Society for the Preservation of Old Dwellings, May 5, 1920 -2013 Preservation Society of Charleston
  4. 4. NEW TABERNACLE FOURTH BAPTIST CHURCH Francis D. Lee’s circa 1860 Gothic Revival church at 22 Elizabeth Street, originally known as St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, requires extensive preservation work. Many downtown historic churches are suffering from deferred maintenance as congregations dwindle in size and financial resources for repairs become scarce. 1-Survey needs of historic downtown churches 2-Host a workshop to discuss church preservation issues 3-Adaptive use plans for 22 Elizabeth
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  11. 11. The Ethical Gothic fervor inevitably faded, but interest in the Gothic continued. The later Gothic Revival drew inspiration from periods other than the "Middle Pointed" promoted by Pugin and the Ecclesiologists as the ideal. When Francis D. Lee Gothicized the late 18th century structure of the Unitarian Church in 1852- 54, he employed the late Gothic of the Tudor period, which the Ethicists had considered debased. Lee gave the church a handsome perpendicular tower, and a magnificent fan-vaulted ceiling, the latter inspired perhaps by ceilings of the Henry VII Chapel at Westminster and the cloisters at Gloucester. Lee designed a similar ceiling for St. Lukes htmChurch (now the Fourth
  12. 12. Auxiliaries/Ministries/Committees:About Deacon Minsitry Trustee Ministry...the fourth church of the Baptist Deaconess Ministrydenomination to be founded in Senior Missionary MinistryCharleston, SC. We have served the Pastors Aide MinistryLowcountry and surrounding areas since Pulpit Aide Ministry1875. Mission Young Womens Auxiliary (YWA) F.C. Praise Dance MinistryOur mission is to promote a holistic Brotherhood Associationministry to people throughout the world Ushers Ministryby providing spiritual, educational, Transportantion Ministryfinancial, physical and emotional support Health and Wellness Ministryby spreading the Gospel of Christ Education Committeethrough proclamation and precepts. Christian Women in Service and Unity CommitteeGeneral Information Choirs:Reverend Dr. Francis Covington, Pastor Mass Choir Young AdultSchedule of Services: Intergenerational Male Choir Young People ChoirChurch School - Sundays at 9:30 a.m.Worship Service - Sundays at 11:00 a.m. Annual Events:... Bible Study - Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. Pastors Anniversary - Second Sunday in JanuaryBaptism - First Sundays at 8:30 a.m. Family Day - Fourth Sunday in AprilThe Lords Supper - First Sundays at Mens Day - Third Sunday in June11:00 a.m. Womens Day - Third Sunday in August Church Anniversary - Third Sunday in September Youth Day - Fourth Sunday in October Tea - First Sunday in November Baptist-Church/
  13. 13. Unable to maintain building, church puts it on Faced with similar challenges, other local churches have been sold and adapted for other uses over the years. The trend has diminished some of market as single-family home the Holy Citys charm and character, said Cynthia Jenkins, executive director of the Preservation Society. "To lose the churches within the neighborhoods is a tragic loss to theAt Elizabeth and Charlotte streets on the peninsula, a historic house way of life that existed in Charleston for centuries," Jenkins said. "Theof worship that can seat 1,200 people is on the block as an ordinary impact of losing a corner building and a use like that would be prettyhouse. significant." The New Tabernacle congregation thought it found a solution to its dilemma last year, when a local company offered to buy its building andThe New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church is up for sale as a $3.9 convert it into a 400-seat theater for the Charleston Stage Co. Themillion single-family home, a last-ditch move by its dwindling proposal was opposed by some nearby residents who said a theatercongregation to sell the downtown property. would disrupt the quiet neighborhood. Vangie Rainsford, president of the Mazyck-Wraggborough Garden District Neighborhood Association, cited a traffic study that found theater-The listing comes nearly 18 months after a city board voted against related traffic would clog the streets before and after performances.a proposal that would have converted the 19th-century church into a Buses trying to navigate the narrow streets were another concern, shetheater, a controversial idea that still evokes strong feelings in the said.surrounding Mazyck-Wraggborough neighborhood. "Theres very little area for school buses to maneuver," Rainsford said. Neighbors also were worried about noise. "My bedroom window is 35 feet from the church, the part where theYet almost no one wants the church property to be turned into a stage was going to be," said Judy Murphy, who lives on Charlotte Street.home — not the congregation, not historic preservationists, not "With performances getting out at 11 oclock, I just thought it was terriblynearby residents. Not even real estate agent Chad Drayton, who inappropriate."was hired to market the property to prospective buyers. "Its Murphy said shed rather not see the church sold as a single- family residence, but she noted that a home would be a better neighbor than ablasphemy to think of this as a residence," Drayton said. working theater. The New Tabernacle structure dates back nearly 150 years. The GothicBut the cost of maintaining the aging church, where worship buildings first cornerstone was laid in 1859. Local architect Francis are held on Wednesdays and Sundays, is too much for the Lee considered the church to be his masterpiece.shrinking congregation of about 300, said the Rev. Francis Inside, 55-foot columns support the sanctuarys spacious ceiling, and its walls and windows feature ornate decorations and details.Covington, pastor of New Tabernacle. Drayton, who is marketing the property, estimates that it would cost about $2 million to transform the church into a residence. Architects who"The structure itself is just a mammoth responsibility, and with our have toured the building told him that some of its features, such as thesmall membership, its very difficult to keep it up in the condition that large stained-glass windows, would make it an attractive house. The property also includes offices in a converted Charleston single housethe building deserves," he said. attached to the main structure.Selling an old church for use as another church is not easy, Drayton plans to promote New Tabernacle nationally to find a buyer.especially in a place like downtown Charleston, where land for Over the years, he said he has placed dozens of calls to local churchesexpansion is limited. For example, most congregations want that might be interested in moving downtown but found little interest.spacious parking lots, large kitchens and lots of extra rooms where Before the theater proposal was shot down by the city in May 2006, local physician Gene Phillips announced at a public meeting that he had plansyouth groups and bible study groups can gather. In fact, Covington to buy New Tabernacle, restore it and keep it as a church.said he wants to move New Tabernacle to West said Phillips "has not come through on what he Ashley for those Since then, Covingtonvery reasons. said he would do at the meeting." Phillips said Tuesday that he still would like to buy the church, a move that would be contingent on the sale of
  14. 14. OverviewNew Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church emphasizes on the three Ws—word, worship and works which can help thecommunity men face the challenges of the ever-changing world.The church conducts regular services, services, baptismand community programs for the benefit of the masses. Besides this, the church also is a popular venue for concerts and diverse events. Piccolo Spoleto Spotlight Concert Series and South Carolina Jazz Diaspora are some of the memorable events held here. All in all, a must-visit place for spiritual awareness and good entertainment.
  15. 15. 22 Elizabeth St. c.1862-- New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church was built for St. Lukes Episcopal church. TheGothic Revival structure was begun in 1859 and was consecrated in 1862 when not fullycompleted, construction having been halted by the Civil War.The original design by architect Francis D. Lee called for a steeple in the northwest corner,which was never built. It was planned to be stuccoed but patriotism intervened and the limewas donated to the confederacy. Built in the shape of a Greek cross , the building has oneach side single Gothic windows 37 feet high.The center of the vaulted ceiling is 55 feet above the floor. Patrick ODonnell , who built hisown fine residence at 21 King street, was the building contractor. St. Lukes congregation,which was organized in 1858, was united with St. Pauls (Radcliffeboro) in 1949.New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist church, which purchased the building in 1950, was foundedin 1875.The congregation moved here from a building on the site of the Medical University Hospital.The Rev. Daniel J. Jenkins founder of the Jenkins Orphanage, was once a pastor of NewTabernacle., Historic Churches,p.6-7 ; Ravenel, Architects , p.224-227 )
  16. 16. Rev. Daniel Joseph Jenkins 1862-1937 – Born in Barnwell County, South Carolina; minister of the New Tabernacle Fourth Baptist Church in Charleston; founded Charleston’s Jenkins Orphanage in 1891; established the famed Jenkins Orphanage Bands in 1894 Charleston Jazz Initiative
  17. 17. Our History: The Charleston Jazz Initiative (CJI)Throughout jazz historical commentary,writers and observers concede the was established in March 2003 bypervasive influence of Louis Armstrong and native Charlestonian Jack McCray,the “New Orleans Clarinet Sound”…in theJenkins Orphanage bands, there are jazz journalist and long-timearchetypes, most notably a “Charleston researcher of Charleston’s jazzTrumpet Style”…a virtuosic trumpet style tradition, and Dr. Karen Chandler,that extended the range of the horn. Associate Professor of Arts Management, School of the Arts atIf the sheer number of Jenkins-spawned the College of Charleston andtrumpet players whose high-note fluency former director of the Averybrought them acclaim were tallied, theexistence of a “Jenkins Orphanage School Research Center for Africanof Trumpet Playing,” must be American History and Culture.acknowledged… the trumpet traditionattracted the attention of band leaders like Founded at the Avery ResearchLionel Hampton and Duke Ellington, who Center, CJI operates out of thelooked to the Jenkins’ ranks for talented Arts Management Program,and professionally competent trumpeters. School of the Arts and in partnership with Avery.Alvin Batiste, ―Charleston: Another Cradle of Jazz?‖ CJI’s oral histories and archival collections are housed at Avery as Charleston Jazz Initiative The Charleston history/ Initiative Jazz Collection.