AKA: Chinese Southern Baptist Mission, Seattle, WA

Structure Type: built works - religious structures - churches

Designers: Schack, Young and Myers, Architects and Engineers (firm); David John Myers (architect); James Hansen Schack Sr. (architect); Arrigo Mazzucato Young (civil engineer/mechanical engineer)

Dates: constructed 1921-1922

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925 King Street
International District, Seattle, WA 98104

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This was the second Baptist Church erected for Seattle's Chinese-American population, a congregation whose roots dated from the 1892, when an early Baptist mission was established. Membership among the Chinese-American community grew during the decade 1892-1902, although a temporary schism divided it for a brief time. By 1902, the first purpose-built Chinese Baptist Church was completed, and was superceded about twenty years later by this building. This facility continued to serve the congregation until 1977, when a third facility was completed in nearby Beacon Hill.

Building History

David Rash has noted: "[Schack, Young and Myers's] Work for the American Baptist Mission Society of New York City included this Gothic Revival Church, as well as the Japanese Baptist Church (1922-1923) and the University Baptist Church (1922-1926, altered), the latter in association with Frederick V. Lockman." (See David A. Rash, "Schack Young and Myers," Shaping Seattle Architecture, Jeffery Karl Ochsner, ed., [Seattle, WA: University of Washington Press, 1994], p. 160.)

Building Notes

In 1951, Reverend Paul Fong presided over the Chinese Baptist Church of Seattle, WA. The Chinese Baptist Church also maintained a day nursery at 925 King Street in 1951, supervised by Lorraine Ruehlen. (See Seattle, Washington, City Directory, 1951, p. 234.)

National Register of Historic Places (Listed 1986-07-31): 86002094 NRHP Images (pdf) NHRP Registration Form (pdf)

PCAD id: 12005