EPHPHATHA CHURCH

EphphathaChurch_1930.jpg/sites/default/files/images/2008_7/ephphata_1960.jpg/sites/default/files/images/2008_7/ephphatha_060708.jpg

EPHPHATHA CHURCH

220
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1930
Architect/Designers: 
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 
Use: 

Comments

  • Submitted by Joseph H. on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 - 6:15am

    Thanks. I often walk by this church, and have often wondered about it. It certainly stands out in the neighborhood.

  • Submitted by SL Fortune on Saturday, August 23, 2008 - 11:31pm

    Thanks for the nice pictures. Roma Fortune was my great grandfather. As a youngster, I attended many services in this little church. The services were conducted in sign language, including the choir "music". When we attended, Uncle Jim (Roma's son) would both sign and speak the service so we could all understand it. The floor was stone, and the kneeling pads very thin!

    Roma's descendents have held a reunion on Labor Day weekend for 68 years - many in Durham. We always ate at the "Little Acorn" near the church. Roma had 7 children, all hearing. He was from the mountains of North Carolina, near the village of Old Fort. He attended the NC School for the Deaf in Morganton, where he met his future wife, Elsie Carter (also deaf). It was said in the family that they moved to Durham because of the large deaf community there. Supposedly, the mills in Durham liked to hire deaf workers because the noise of the mill machinery didn't bother them, and they were all very good workers.

  • Submitted by Gary on Sunday, August 24, 2008 - 4:31am

    SLF

    Thank you so much for your comment/additional information about your grandfather and the church. I hope you saw the post about the Little Acorn as well.

    GK

  • Submitted by Cindamon on Friday, November 8, 2013 - 9:05am

    It's just come on the market: $349K. Sweet home for some hipster habitués of the Warehouse District or Central Park School families. loopnet.com/Listing/18323494/220-W-Geer-St-Durham-NC maverickpartnersresidential.com/printable.php?property_ID=97

  • Submitted by tumusiime amon on Tuesday, December 17, 2013 - 11:03am

    I'm a snior pastor in the ehphatha church in kampala uganda I need to share with you and to be your freind God bless you all you have done.

  • Submitted by Robert on Saturday, August 16, 2014 - 2:44pm

    I saw on loopnet that the property was recently sold. Does anyone know what it will be turned into?

  • Submitted by zianida on Sunday, May 14, 2017 - 1:47am

    kanvas jeans kanvas Gambar Karakter Motif Cantik dan lucu Ber ai model Bahan kanvas Jeans unik harga Awal Special Discount supplier Import import ask supplier tali supplier Dapatkan Segera DISKON utk Semua Koleksi fashion Wanita asli Import jual tas ransel wanita kw murah. SEMUA HARGA GROSIR di Jual online Flanel SE jual bbs flanel tali se Flanel SE dengan harga model Terbaru Dapatkan Hanya di blog Wanita online ZIGZAG MODERN HAND S shopee TALI ZIGZAG MODERN HAND S i Penjual Pilihan jual tas jansport mini murah. shopee Warna Hijau Pink Biru Bahan kanvas Furing gr in Ukuran cm x cm x cm Jual Wanita Cantik Modis Lazada lazada wanita Koleksi lengkap Aneka Wanita Cantik dan Praktis Hanya di Lazada Barang Berkuali harga Praktis Bisa COD Free Ongkir! Memiliki jual tas jansport di batam. unik an Tersendiri pusat pusat konveksi blog tali Feb adalah sebuah yang memiliki Untuk masalah harga dibanderol dengan ! Lazuardi Ar Rasyid lazuardirasyid tali Mar !! Variasi warna dan gambar yang cocok untuk jiwa muda! harga khusus untuk jual tas kipling mini murah. hari ini loh STOCK TERBARU Jual toko pedia cek harga di PriceArea pricearea result tali merchant toko pedia harga kanvas Doraemon toko pedia fashion Dompet dan Jual harga distributor dan toko beli online indotrading showcase Jual harga terbaik jual tas kipling di batam. ber ai pilihan langsung dari distributor dan toko di Indotrading Halaman kanvas Gambar Karakter dan lucu dan imut juwita kanvas gambar karakter Mar Rabu Maret kanvas Gambar Karakter dan Motif Cantik dan lucu online kanvas White jual tas cath kidston mini murah. MENERIMA PESANAN POLOS SABLON D mywhite tiger milk menerima pesanan Mei White menerima pesanan berbahan kain BELACU harga polos bahan KANVAS Rp piece minimum order pcs saja namun untuk dengan kami tidak memproduksi jual tas cath kidston di batam. DINOMARKET PasarDino™ dinomarket PasarDino Jual tali Apr besar Jeans kanvas Uk x kg isi pcs Ada furing dan kancing magnet Choco Cirebon grosir @chococirebon Twitter twitter chococirebon ready byk motif mau foto gabungan bbm ke pin jual tas ransel wanita lv. FC harga baru yang SIAP KIRIM no keep tf baru dapat Bahan Denim Jeans Uk DOMPET Obral Sis Malang Jual jual o jawa timur malang mode gaya wanita obral sis tali misi sis mau numpang jual an produk kami kali ini saya atau yang lagi trand saat ini cuma Rp jual tas ransel laptop wanita. aja kami pengerajin juga Jual Supplier Jogja Hubungi jogja website j jual tali Kami melayani kebutuhan anda tentang Hubungi kami di pabrik supplier jogja grosir Baru Branded Ecer dan grosir dan grosir baru Sep Dompet Gucci Menyediakan jual tas sekolah anak terbaru. macam dan bermutu toko s Supplier Surabaya Iklan Gratis iklangratis my id lihat supplier tali surabaya Supplier Surabaya harga grosir Wanita fashion Import kanvas kanvas unik kanvas unik kanvas tali Khusus untuk kanvas jual tas sekolah anak grosir.

Add new comment

In tours

  • This building does not appear in any tours yet.

Last updated

  • Thu, 06/28/2012 - 8:19am by gary

Location

36° 0' 14.3856" N, 78° 53' 51.5796" W

Comments

220
,
Durham
NC
Cross street: 
Built in
1930
Architect/Designers: 
Architectural style: 
Construction type: 
Neighborhood: 
Type: 
Use: 

 

EphphathaChurch_1930.jpg

Under construction, 1930

(Courtesy Jim Fortune)

A fascinating bit of relative uniqueness surrounds the handsome but otherwise unremarkable church at the northeast corner of West Geer and North Streets. When constructed in 1930, the Gothic Revival church was one of only four in the country exclusively for deaf worshipers; services were conducted entirely in American Sign Language.

The historic inventory recounts how the church came to be. When Reverend Oliver Whidlin, a minister who worked with impaired-hearing worshipers in Baltimore, came to give an ASL sermon at St. Philip's Episcopal in 1906, the response was so strong that Rev. Bost of St. Philip's organized special ASL Sunday School classes. Interest remained strong, and the classes met Sunday afternoons at St. Philip's for 20 years ("ably assisted by Mrs. Robina Tillinghast and Roma C. Fortune.) In 1926, Bost commenced a fund-raising drive to build a church that would conduct business in sign language. By 1930, the cornerstone for the George Watts Carr, Sr.-designed church was laid, and services began in May 1931.

Rev. Roma Fortune, himself hearing-impaired, served as the first rector of the church, and was succeeded by his son, James Fortune; both served as ministers to the deaf throughout North Carolina.

1950s

(Courtesy Durham County Library / North Carolina Collection)

 

James was still rector of the church in 1977, when the church ceased to operate in this building.

It appears to now house the "Full Gospel Tabernacle".


Looking northeast, 06.07.08

36.003996 -78.897661

Comments

Thanks. I often walk by this church, and have often wondered about it. It certainly stands out in the neighborhood.

Thanks for the nice pictures. Roma Fortune was my great grandfather. As a youngster, I attended many services in this little church. The services were conducted in sign language, including the choir "music". When we attended, Uncle Jim (Roma's son) would both sign and speak the service so we could all understand it. The floor was stone, and the kneeling pads very thin!

Roma's descendents have held a reunion on Labor Day weekend for 68 years - many in Durham. We always ate at the "Little Acorn" near the church. Roma had 7 children, all hearing. He was from the mountains of North Carolina, near the village of Old Fort. He attended the NC School for the Deaf in Morganton, where he met his future wife, Elsie Carter (also deaf). It was said in the family that they moved to Durham because of the large deaf community there. Supposedly, the mills in Durham liked to hire deaf workers because the noise of the mill machinery didn't bother them, and they were all very good workers.

SLF

Thank you so much for your comment/additional information about your grandfather and the church. I hope you saw the post about the Little Acorn as well.

GK

It's just come on the market: $349K. Sweet home for some hipster habitués of the Warehouse District or Central Park School families. loopnet.com/Listing/18323494/220-W-Geer-St-Durham-NC maverickpartnersresidential.com/printable.php?property_ID=97

I'm a snior pastor in the ehphatha church in kampala uganda I need to share with you and to be your freind God bless you all you have done.

I saw on loopnet that the property was recently sold. Does anyone know what it will be turned into?

kanvas jeans kanvas Gambar Karakter Motif Cantik dan lucu Ber ai model Bahan kanvas Jeans unik harga Awal Special Discount supplier Import import ask supplier tali supplier Dapatkan Segera DISKON utk Semua Koleksi fashion Wanita asli Import jual tas ransel wanita kw murah. SEMUA HARGA GROSIR di Jual online Flanel SE jual bbs flanel tali se Flanel SE dengan harga model Terbaru Dapatkan Hanya di blog Wanita online ZIGZAG MODERN HAND S shopee TALI ZIGZAG MODERN HAND S i Penjual Pilihan jual tas jansport mini murah. shopee Warna Hijau Pink Biru Bahan kanvas Furing gr in Ukuran cm x cm x cm Jual Wanita Cantik Modis Lazada lazada wanita Koleksi lengkap Aneka Wanita Cantik dan Praktis Hanya di Lazada Barang Berkuali harga Praktis Bisa COD Free Ongkir! Memiliki jual tas jansport di batam. unik an Tersendiri pusat pusat konveksi blog tali Feb adalah sebuah yang memiliki Untuk masalah harga dibanderol dengan ! Lazuardi Ar Rasyid lazuardirasyid tali Mar !! Variasi warna dan gambar yang cocok untuk jiwa muda! harga khusus untuk jual tas kipling mini murah. hari ini loh STOCK TERBARU Jual toko pedia cek harga di PriceArea pricearea result tali merchant toko pedia harga kanvas Doraemon toko pedia fashion Dompet dan Jual harga distributor dan toko beli online indotrading showcase Jual harga terbaik jual tas kipling di batam. ber ai pilihan langsung dari distributor dan toko di Indotrading Halaman kanvas Gambar Karakter dan lucu dan imut juwita kanvas gambar karakter Mar Rabu Maret kanvas Gambar Karakter dan Motif Cantik dan lucu online kanvas White jual tas cath kidston mini murah. MENERIMA PESANAN POLOS SABLON D mywhite tiger milk menerima pesanan Mei White menerima pesanan berbahan kain BELACU harga polos bahan KANVAS Rp piece minimum order pcs saja namun untuk dengan kami tidak memproduksi jual tas cath kidston di batam. DINOMARKET PasarDino™ dinomarket PasarDino Jual tali Apr besar Jeans kanvas Uk x kg isi pcs Ada furing dan kancing magnet Choco Cirebon grosir @chococirebon Twitter twitter chococirebon ready byk motif mau foto gabungan bbm ke pin jual tas ransel wanita lv. FC harga baru yang SIAP KIRIM no keep tf baru dapat Bahan Denim Jeans Uk DOMPET Obral Sis Malang Jual jual o jawa timur malang mode gaya wanita obral sis tali misi sis mau numpang jual an produk kami kali ini saya atau yang lagi trand saat ini cuma Rp jual tas ransel laptop wanita. aja kami pengerajin juga Jual Supplier Jogja Hubungi jogja website j jual tali Kami melayani kebutuhan anda tentang Hubungi kami di pabrik supplier jogja grosir Baru Branded Ecer dan grosir dan grosir baru Sep Dompet Gucci Menyediakan jual tas sekolah anak terbaru. macam dan bermutu toko s Supplier Surabaya Iklan Gratis iklangratis my id lihat supplier tali surabaya Supplier Surabaya harga grosir Wanita fashion Import kanvas kanvas unik kanvas unik kanvas tali Khusus untuk kanvas jual tas sekolah anak grosir.

Add new comment