Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church

Saint Luke's was the city's first independent black Episcopal church, established in 1879 by Rev. Alexander Crummell (1819‑98).

Crummell was one of the foremost African-American scholars of the 19th century, a pioneer in the establishment of an African-American tradition of scholarship, a spokesman for black liberation, and founder, in 1897, of the American Negro Academy. This Church epitomizes its founder's view of the church as an institution for fostering social change, education, and self-help.

Built in 1876-1879, Saint Luke's is a major work of Calvin T.S. Brent, the city's first African-American architect. It is designed in the early English Gothic style and is gable-roofed with rough-cut random bluestone walls, red-and-white sandstone trim, and lancet windows. It also features a long nave with cast iron columns, exposed roof framing, oak paneling, and stained glass.

National Register listing: May 11, 1976
National Historic Landmark designation: May 11, 1976
DC Inventory: March 3, 1979



15th & Church Streets, NW