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Embury Methodist Episcopal Church, Brooklyn, NY

August 22, 2016

Brooklyn in general and the Bedford-Styvesant neighborhood in particular is blessed with several potential A-A churches. This candidate came to my attention this morning while searching for another building. Built as Embury M.E. Church, it is now the home of Mount Lebanon Baptist.


Parfitt Brothers may not be a household word in the national scheme of things but they are well known in greater New York City. This, like much of their work from the 1890s, is a finely detailed example of the Richardsonian Romanesque. Remember that not all Romanesque Revival buildings are “Richardsonian.” The auditorium lies behind the arched entry at the right; the manse is cropped at the far left and what I presume to be the Sunday School is just to the right of center. There are multiple interior view of the auditorium on-line but most of them are aimed toward the pulpit and reveal very little about possible combination with the wing for religious education.


Too much of their work has gone the way of redevelopment. Here, for example, is a “before and after” of Their Brooklyn home for Temple Israel. [This image is borrowed from The Brownstoner, one of my favorite websites for information about New York City.]


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