BNHA Emmanuel Episcopal Church

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Shaping a Monumental City: The City’s Growth in the 20th Century

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811 Cathedral St

Baltimore, Maryland 21201

Like Grace and Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church nearby, architects Niernsee and Nielsen designed Emmanuel Episcopal Church in the English Country Gothic style. The church was built in 1854. Its founding members, who had attended Christ Church at Gay and Fayette streets, moved to Mount Vernon and built this new church. Extensive changes were initiated in 1914 to the designs of Ralph Adams Cram.

In 1919, the limestone façade and gray granite “Christmas Tower” were added on the Cathedral Street side. The tower features figures of the Holy Family, the Three Wise Men, and cherubs playing horns, cymbals, and drums. The interior of the church is adorned with works by John Kirchmayer, John LaFarge, Tiffany Studios, and Daniel Chester French.