5. Baptist Church

Church

The First Baptist Church of Edmonds was the second church constructed in downtown Edmonds, and the oldest one still functioning as a church. Starting with just ten members in 1909, the small congregation bought land, raised funds, and built a modest 30' x 66' single-story church at the corner of 6th Ave and Edmonds St, which was then called Hebe Way.

In 1929, the church purchased a lot at 4th Ave N and Bell St, and moved the building the two blocks west to the new site, adding a basement to the foundation. In 1946, the church moved a house onto the east end of the lot to serve as a parsonage. A few years later the parsonage and the church building were joined together, and the church was extensively remodeled to the structure's present form.  The white picket fence that graces the front of the property was added in the 1980s.

In 1986, the City of Edmonds removed the church's beloved Lebanon Cedar Tree, citing danger to underground utilities, sidewalks, and pedestrians. The landmark tree had been planted in the 1930s and symbolized strength and endurance to the small congregation.

In 2003, with membership in the First Baptist Church of Edmonds at 19 people, the church merged with the Bothell-based Northshore Baptist Church, becoming North Sound Church. It is the oldest house of worship remaining in downtown Edmonds.

Baptist

About the Artist-Made Plaque

Baptist Church plaque 

The top of this panel features a cross section of a Carillon Bell, such as the one that graces the bell tower of the church. The tree on the top left corner is a Cedar of Lebanon, which once grew in front of the church. The panel is also decorated with a scallop shell, symbolizing the baptism, and vines of ivy, which symbolize faithfulness and eternal life.

Tour Information

The Edmonds Stages of History Tour is a walking tour of significant sites that mark twelve different aspects in Edmonds' development. A unique artist-made plaque identifies each site on the tour. We invite you to explore Edmonds history at each location. Photographs on this website are courtesy of the Edmonds Historical Museum, unless otherwise noted. Descriptions of Edmonds history for the Stages of History panels and the website include information from copyrighted articles by Larry Vogel, originally published in the original Patch online newspaper, Edmonds: The First Century by Archie Satterfield (1990), and Edmonds: The Gem of Puget Sound by Ray V. Cloud (1983), and use restrictions apply. Other information sources include individual interviews and information supplied by the Edmonds Historical Museum.  Please contact the City of Edmonds Arts Office at 425-771-0228 with any corrections to information on the website or for inquiries regarding specific sources of copyrighted material.  

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The City of Edmonds Arts Commission 
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The City of Edmonds Historic Preservation Commission
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