City acquires historic Baptist Tabernacle building on East Fourth.


It was revealed at yesterday’s Develop New Albany board meeting that one of the two historic properties up for grabs at yesterday’s sheriff’s sale was purchased by the city of New Albany. The sale was previewed last week by Bluegill: A couple of doozies on the (auction) block.

Baptist Tabernacle
318 East Fourth Street

When their new edifice was completed in 1879, the merged First Baptist Church and the Bank Street Baptist Church changed their name to the Baptist Tabernacle Church. Building in the Neoclassical style, the Louisville, Kentucky, contractor Watkins & Co. used New Albany laborers and materials, and New Albany’s John Crawford did the brickwork. The building was begun in July 1878, and wasn’t occupied until January 4, 1880. The congregation did not rush construction. They built slowly and did not propose to have the work done any faster than they could pay for it.