Building Atop the Burying Ground

Building Atop the Burying Ground (HMXC)

Location: Baltimore, MD 21201
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 17.421', W 76° 37.412'

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When leaders of First Presbyterian Church decided to build an new church atop their 18th-century burying ground, they hoped to serve Baltimore's growing west end and protect their burial place from being diverted to other uses.

Construction began in July 1851 and Westminster Presbyterian Church was consecrated a year later. The congregation grew steadily, adding a parish hall (far left) by the late 1850's. By the early 1900's the neighborhood was heavily commercial and industrial, its residents a blend of African Americans, Italians, Lithuanians and Russan Jews. The church closed for nearly a decade but reopened in 1925 under the direction of the energetic Rev. Bruce McDonald.

Westminster Presbyterian Church celebrated its last service in 1977. Acquired by Westminster Preservation Trust, a non-profit created by the University of Maryland School of Law, the property was rehabilitated and rededicated in 1983 as Westminster Hall & Burying Ground.
Historical Period19th Century, 20th Century
Historical PlaceCemetery, Church/House of Worship
Marker TypeHistoric Building
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleInterpretative Marker / Sign
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 16th, 2014 at 2:23pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 359988 N 4350254
Decimal Degrees39.29035000, -76.62353333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 17.421', W 76° 37.412'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 17' 25.2600" N, 76° 37' 24.7200" W
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Area Code(s)410, 443, 301
Can be seen from road?No
Is marker in the median?No
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 520 W Fayette St, Baltimore MD 21201, US
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