St. Luke's Episcopal Church

St. Luke's Episcopal Church is a historic Episcopal church located at 1514 15th Street,N.W., in Washington, D.C.. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places and further was designated a U.S. National Historic Landmark in 1976.


In 1875, some members of St. Mary's Chapel for Colored People in Foggy Bottom and their rector, the Rev. Alexander Crummell, left St. Mary's to found St. Luke's as the first independent black Episcopal church in Washington. Construction on the church began in 1876 and was completed in 1880. The first service, though, was held on Thanksgiving Day, 1879. Calvin T. S. Brent, generally considered to be Washington's first black architect, designed the church after an Anglican church in Coventry, England. Alexander Crummell served as rector until his retirement in 1894.

National Register listing
  • St. Luke's Episcopal Church *** (added 1976 - Building - #76002131)
  • 15th and Church Sts., NW, Washington
  • Historic Significance: Person
  • Historic Person: Crummell,Alexander
  • Significant Year: 1876, 1898
  • Area of Significance: Social History, Education, Black, Literature
  • Period of Significance: 1875-1899
  • Owner: Private
  • Historic Function: Religion
  • Historic Sub-function: Religious Structure
  • Current Function: Religion
  • Current Sub-function: Religious Structure
Present status

St. Luke's is still an active parish in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington. The current and eighth rector is the Rev. Virginia Brown-Nolan, whose father, the Rev. Dillard H. Brown was the fifth rector of the parish and later Missionary Bishop of Liberia. The current assistant rector is the Rev. Cassandra Burton.

  • Library of Congress American Memory, which does not permit direct links: A search for "St. Luke's" will pull up a long list which will include St Luke's Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C.


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