Historic Tanner Chapel

October 24, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

Tanner Chapel looks so new and immaculate, you wouldn't know that it was a historic building.  In 1887 the African Methodist Episcopal Church began at 2nd street and Jefferson. Years later they bought the land and built the now Historic Tanner Church in 1929 at 20 S Eight St.  As I wandered around the building looking at the crisp, red bricks and the boldly painted white accents, it looked like the building was just built yesterday.

In 2010 Tanner was given two historic designations, standard and landmark. The landmark historic designation was given because of the Gothic Revival architecture style and is also the first African American church to be granted historic designation. In addition to its historic designation it also has the honor of being the oldest African-American congregation in Arizona and the only church in Arizona when Martin Luther King Jr. gave a sermon.

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