You are here

Bethel AME Church

-A A +A
c. 1911. 105 N. 4th St.

After the Civil War, many former enslaved workers from plantations around Corsicana settled in neighborhoods located east of the Houston and Texas Central Railroad tracks. Three churches were built within a three-block area. Bethel AME Church, the most distinctive, is a Prairie Style–influenced design with square towers similar to those of churches by Dallas architect James Edward Flanders, although no attribution has been documented. The church exerts its civic presence through its composition of imposing corner towers. The massing of the hipped roofs encloses an Akron-plan auditorium and transepts. The deep bracketed roof eaves complete a harmonious, integrated design.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.



  • 1911


What's Nearby


Gerald Moorhead et al., "Bethel AME Church", [Corsicana, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 83-83.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.