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Scruggs Memorial Christian Episcopal Church is located at 3680 Cook Avenue in St. Louis, Missouri, just a few minutes away from the Fox Theater and St. Louis University. The church was constructed in 1884 from a design by renowned St. Louis architect, Thomas Annan. It was designed in the Gothic Revival style that was prevalent in the latter part of the nineteenth century. The church was formerly Cook Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, South, but the name was changed to Scruggs Memorial to honor Richard M. Scruggs for his financial contributions and his many years of service as the Sunday School Superintendent.
In 1925, the church was sold to an African American congregation composed of members from Lane Tabernacle C.M.E Church . They changed the name to Scruggs Memorial Colored Methodist Episcopal Church. At its opening, the St. Louis Argus reported that the “acquisition of this most valuable property for the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in St. Louis ” expressed Lane Tabernacle’s interest in making St. Louis the “ Mecca of Methodism.” In 1954, the church eliminated the word “colored” and took on its current name of Scruggs Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal Church.
3680 East Cook Avenue St Louis, MO 63113-3800 - (314) 533-5444 National Register of Historic Buildings 2009