The Monroe Abbey Timeline
1883 – Phoenix First Baptist Church is Founded
Phoenix First Baptist Church is Founded
1903 – Cornerstone for New Church is Laid
Cornerstone for New Church is Laid on the corner of 3rd Avenue and Monroe.
1929 – Church Building is Leveled
Church Building is Leveled to make way for larger, more modern structure.
1930 – The New Church is Dedicated
The New Church is Dedicated.
1950 – New Addition is Built
A new addition is build on the West Side of the Church
1968 – Final Church Service is held at the Church, Before Relocation
The First Baptist Congregation holds its final church service at the 3rd Avenue Church, and relocates to its new facility on Glendale Avenue.
1982 – Church added to the National Register of Historic Places
The Church is added to the National Register of Historic Places.
1984 – Fire set inside the Church
A fire is set inside the church spreads out of control and causes hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage.
1992- Church declared a Hazard by City Officials
The Church is declared a hazard by city officials, and is set for demolition.
1993 – Church Purchased by Housing Opportunity Center
The Church is purchased by Housing Opportunity Center. Inc., and is renamed The Monroe Street Abbey.
1996 – The Monroe Street Abbey Apartments constructed next door
Low-income housing apartments, “The Monroe Street Abbey Apartments,” are constructed next door to the Church.