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PRESERVING

NODA HISTORY

With a commitment to adaptive re-use and historic preservation, the concept for Congregate NoDa was born.  We’ve resurrected this historic church into a dynamic coworking space. 

History of 3117 Whiting Avenue

Original Beam
Original Beam

Beam from the original 1952 Sanctuary. It's been saved and repurposed to become part of our Congregate NoDa sign.

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Original Church Bell
Original Church Bell

Church bell from original 1952 Sanctuary. It is now next door in Atlas Urban Home’s community space.

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Original Cornerstone
Original Cornerstone

1908 cornerstone, originally located at the congregation's previous church on 36th Street (where Mercury NoDa now stands).

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Original Beam
Original Beam

Beam from the original 1952 Sanctuary. It's been saved and repurposed to become part of our Congregate NoDa sign.

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In 1904, a small congregation started meeting in a simple mill home on North Meyers Street for their Sunday worship and other weekly gatherings.  After outgrowing their space, they build a free-standing church on 36th street (where the Mercury NoDa now stands) in 1908.  

 

In 1950, the congregation had once again grown too large for their church home and leaders moved forward with the purchase of eight lots on Whiting Avenue.  In 1952, home to a congregation of over 500 people, the church changed its name to Whiting Avenue Baptist Church.  

In 1962, a new Sanctuary featuring the stained-glass windows was completed and served its members and community over the next four decades.  By the start of the 21st Century, the neighborhood church was in decline and in 2001 the Whiting Avenue Baptist Church buildings were donated to New Life Theological Seminary.  In the summer of 2017, New Life Theological Seminary made the decision to sell their facility so they could better adapt to the ever-changing landscape of secondary education.

 

In 2019, Randy Martin from neighboring Plaza Midwood, was given the opportunity to purchase the remaining stained-glass sanctuary.  With a commitment to adaptive re-use and historic preservation, Congregate NoDa was transformed into a dynamic coworking space with flex space, dedicated desks, private offices and suites.  

Excerpts from NoDa News.  Click here to read the entire article.