When I caught this view through the door, I knew I'd done the right thing. It was a chance to learn more or at least forget less.
It was St. Phillips A.M.E. Church and then Beardon A.M.E. Church on Wylie Street in Reynoldstown. It's deconsecrated. Now it's the Magnetic Theater and you can rent it from Kevin at Giant Sounds. You can have a meeting, a show, or a recording session.
The arch and chancel, the altar rail remains. It's quite handsome.
Sanctuary upstairs, Sunday school downstairs.
From the porch looking northwest it's classic Wylie Street. Norfolk Southern Railway's Inman Yard is on the other side of the fence. Cabbagetown is to the left. The Edgewood neighborhood is to the right. Inman Park is across the tracks.
|West wall, you can see the sloped floor||North wall, entrance, triple arched windows. There used to be a balcony.||East wall|
Kevin showed me the Beardon A.M.E "book."
The preface is a history of the St. Phillips A.M.E church."
The cornerstone is almost entirely unreadable. It's in the basement out of the weather. Maybe a rubbing can bring out the details.
The crepe myrtles are not the right planting here.
They hide the fine facade and triple window.
The tower wall features stone and shingles.
It doesn't have a bad side.
The windows are modest yet refined and sturdy.
The stained glass windows: Click a picture to enlarge. This isn't the definitive way to present windows but here they are for the record.
The windows are the same except for the cartouche if that is the right word.
They get the job done.
I started with the left window, the east window in the south wall and went clockwise.
3 south windows
|Harp||Lilly in chancel||Sheaf in chancel|
|Angel & shield||Lamb||Fruit, blooms|
"She hath done..."
|Chalice & Grapes||Grape bunch||Center arch?||Harp||Bible|
I hope to learn more.
When you tour Reynoldstown, make sure to see this brick beauty on Wylie Street in Reynoldstown. This was Bill Harrison's office when he designed my renovation, and Dean Garden.