Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church

Dedicated on December 4, 1870, Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church stands as a monument both to George Brown, whose wife Isabella McLanahan Brown supported the construction of the church in his memory, and the generations of Baltimoreans who have worshipped, performed music, and more in this treasured architectural landmark. While many early congregations left Bolton Hill, Brown Memorial has endured and invested in the preservation of the historic church with a $1.8 million restoration from 2001 to 2003.

George Brown was the son of investment firm founder Alexander Brown, a businessman and civic leader who according to an 1873 account by local historian George Washington Howard, "regarded religion as preeminent above all other things and loved his church with all the ardor of his noble nature." After his death in 1859, his wife Isabella McLanahan Brown made a gift of $150,000 to construct and furnish the Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church.

The architects were Nathaniel Henry Hutton and John Murdoch, who were among the 18 charter members of the Baltimore Chapter of the AIA. They created a Gothic Revival masterpiece with numerous stained glass windows by artist Louis Comfort Tiffany. Murdoch was both a neighbor to the church, living at 1527 Bolton Street, and his funeral was held at the church after his death in 1923.

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Entrance, Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church

Entrance, Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church

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Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church (2012)

Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church (2012)

Exterior view of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church. | Source: Baltimore Heritage | Creator: Eli Pousson View File Details Page

Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church

Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church

Exterior view of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church. | Source: Maryland Historical Society, Baltimore City Life Collection, MC4753 View File Details Page

Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church (1888)

Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church (1888)

Illustration of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church. | Source: Weishampel's Baltimore guide - The stranger in Baltimore: a new hand book, containing a general description of Baltimore City (1888), Internet Archive, weishampelsbalti01weis View File Details Page

George Brown

George Brown

Portrait of George Brown. | Source: A hundred years of merchant banking, a history of Brown brothers and company... (1909), Internet Archive, hundredyearsofme00browuoft View File Details Page

John Sparhawk Jones (1904)

John Sparhawk Jones (1904)

Photograph of John Sparhawk Jones. | Source: Seeing Darkly (1904) by John Sparhawk Jones, Internet Archive, seeingdarkly00jone. View File Details Page

Street Address:

1316 Park Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21217 [map]

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Eli Pousson, “Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church,” Explore Baltimore Heritage, accessed July 27, 2017, http://explore.baltimoreheritage.org/items/show/74.
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