Mark A. Thacker, AIA was hired to assist the Mt. Vernon AME Church located in Palestine. The Church's historic structure had deteriorated and their active preservation committee is currently raising funds to preserve the building.
Mt. Vernon AME Church was dedicated in 1921 and today is the third oldest A.M.E. Church in the Lone State. A Texas Historical Commission historical marker was placed on the building in 1986.
Design of the building is based on Gothic Revival style. It is simplistic in detailing except for its elaborate stain glass windows. Exterior walls are constructed of wood framing and modular brick veneer. Oiled wood wainscoting with smooth plaster above is prevalent on the interior. Ceilings are oiled long leaf pine bead board. The original balcony remains along with its 1920’s era wood pews.
The Church building has experienced movement and deterioration over the last several decades and unfortunately is included on Preservation Texas 2015 Most Endangered places list, one of eight endangered properties within the State. The building is designated as a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark (RTHL) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NR).