St. Bartley Primitive Baptist Renovation

Year Completed: 2019
Project Size: 16,250 Sqft

The oldest African American congregation in
Alabama and one of the most historic in the United
States, St. Bartley Primitive Baptist Church was
organized in 1820 at the Old Georgia Graveyard.
Originally known as Huntsville African Baptist
Church, the first church building was burned
down by Union soldiers during the Civil War and
rebuilt in 1872. It was rededicated as St. Bartley
Primitive Baptist Church in respect of its second
pastor.

Chapman Sisson Architects was honored
to work with the congregation of St. Bartley in
preparation of their bicentennial celebration.
The sanctuary was upgraded with new finishes
and technology including LED lighting, a larger
AV booth, an expanded platform, and recessed
glass instrument enclosure. A new gathering
area/lobby was created by the demolition of
three offices and the replacement of all frosted
windows with a transparent, more efficient
glazing. Stained wood and St. Bartley’s signature
accent colors bring warmth and interest to create
a clean, welcoming entrance which transitions to
the renovated sanctuary and offices.