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Property Name The First Baptist Society of Bath
Reference Number 13000372
State New York
County Steuben
Town Bath
Street Address 14 Howell Street
Multiple Property Submission Name Bath Village MRA
Status Listed 6/14/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
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Built for the First Baptist Society of Bath in 1887-88, the church on Howell Street is significant under Criterion C and Criterion Consideration A as a distinguished intact example of a late nineteenth century Romanesque Revival building, designed by prominent Binghamton (New York) architect Truman I. Lacey (1833-1914) and constructed by local builders Thomas Fogarty and Lafayette Small. Lacey designed the church for the village's Baptist congregation, which was formed in 1842 prior to the construction of the extant church (1842). Lacey had a long career that spanned roughly forty-two years in the late-nineteenth and early- twentieth centuries. He designed a wide range of buildings throughout the Southern Tier from factories to private houses, schools and churches. Lacey himself was a Baptist and designed the Baptist church in Bath in accordance with the elegant simplicity favored by Baptist congregations. In addition, the building was an exercise in planning that combined the popular auditorium style arrangement of the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries with a separate area known as Judson Hall for the more functional elements such as offices, a Sunday School, and other church related activities. Throughout the years, the church provided a substantial link to Bath's late nineteenth century growth and development and remains an impressive architectural landmark in the village of Bath.


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