Southwest Waterfront

Graffiti church

This church building, at 700 Delaware Avenue SW, is the former Friendship Baptist Church. It was built in 1886, designed by James Boyce in the Romanesque style. In 1965, the congregation outgrew the church building and constructed a new building nearby. It was closed in 2001 and under private ownership. The graffiti artist HENSE (Alex Brewer) was commissioned in 2012 to transform the exterior of the church, completely covering it in vibrant designs. The area is slated to become an arts district. Blind Whino, a non-profit community arts group, currently occupies the building.