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Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negatives Collection

Document Type

Still Image

Call number of Original

131134 and 133302

Contributing Institution

Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives


Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA

Creation Date


Format of Original

35mm gelatin silver negatives


Full exterior views of First Baptist Church, 353 Congress Street.
The National Landmark stone church was built from 1867-1869, in the wake of the Great Fire of 1866 that devastated Portland. The design represented the Romanesque Revival style of the time, and the church became a major place of ministry, evangelism, conferences, and Christian gathering for the region. First Baptist Church was popularly nicknamed "The Jesus Never Fails Church" after the motto spelled out in the stained-glass windows above the church entrance. Following a controversy within the parish, the church was demolished in September 1987, and the congregation relocated to Canco Road in North Deering.

Left Image: View from southwest. Franklin Towers in left background. Franklin Arterial at right.
Photo published in the Evening Express, on 17 July 1976.

Right Image: View from southeast. Wilmot Street at right.
Photo published in the Evening Express, on 28 February 1978.


Portland, Me., Downtown Portland, Congress Street, Houses of worship, Churches


Image Location


Rights Statement

In Copyright - Educational Use Permitted.