Portland Press Herald Still-Film Negatives Collection
Call number of Original
131134 and 133302
Portland Public Library Special Collections & Archives
Portland, Cumberland, Maine, USA
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.
"First Baptist Church, 1976 and 1978" (1976). Businesses & Buildings - Portland Press Herald Still Film Negatives. 307.
Portland, Me., Downtown Portland, Congress Street, Houses of worship, Churches