SAH Archipedia: New Content on the African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church

Mar 30, 2023 by SAH News

We are pleased to announce the publication of new SAH Archipedia content written by Charlette Caldwell, a graduate student at Columbia University and the 2022 Charles E. Peterson Fellow. Caldwell’s essay, “The Building Culture of the African Methodist Episcopal Church,” traces the architectural history of the AME Church from the late eighteenth century through the early twentieth century. Five new entries explore a variety of sites in Pennsylvania, New York, and Indiana, and the influence of church patrons like the Montiers, a wealthy colonial-era Black American family.  

Funded by the Athenaeum of Philadelphia, the Peterson Fellowship offers a unique publication opportunity for graduate students studying some aspect of American architecture and/or urbanism prior to 1860, which may include Indigenous, Spanish Colonial, and/or African American topics. The fellowship was established in 2008 in honor of Charles E. Peterson, FAIA, founder of the Historic American Buildings Survey. Applications for the next grant cycle will open in October 2023.   

Photograph: Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, Richmond, Indiana. Courtesy of Historic American Buildings Survey.