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Joshua Chapel AME Church

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1917, William Sidney Pittman. 109 N. Aiken St.
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This church was designed by architect Pittman of Dallas. First organized in 1876, the congregation was named for its pastor, who founded other African Methodist Episcopal churches in the state. The church’s traditional nave plan was rendered in red brick resting on a raised plaster-covered base. The central entrance is recessed between two square towers of different heights with pyramidal roofs and is fronted by a triple-arched portico. A boldly projecting roof eave continues around the building like a belt course, tying all the parts together. Brick buttresses rise in three stages along the church’s side walls, separating the large round-arched windows.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.



  • 1917


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

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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, 90-90.

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