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Woodside Church (First Baptist Church/United Church of Christ)

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First Baptist Church/United Church of Christ
1950–1952, Eero Saarinen with Robert F. Swanson of Swanson and Associates; 1964–1965 educational wing. 1509 E. Court St.
  • (Photograph by Roger Funk)
  • (Photograph by Roger Funk)
  • (Photograph by Roger Funk)

Saarinen participated in the design of the church, but Swanson and Associates did the architectural and engineering work. A rectangular carillon tower, curved canopied walkway, and low education wing distinguish the modern brick house of worship. Established in Flint in 1853, First Baptist Church erected a wood-frame building in 1855. This was enlarged in 1868 and replaced by a brick church in 1889 at a different location. By 1944 the congregation had outgrown the church and began planning for the present building, selecting this 7.5-acre site.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Woodside Church (First Baptist Church/United Church of Christ)", [Flint, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 335-335.

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