Philadelphia AME Church

Posted by on Aug 21, 2012 in Abandoned | 7 comments

255 Route 313, Perkasie PA 18944



The Ruffin Nichols Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Church is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  It was built in 1844 and abandoned in 2010.  At 24,000 square feet, it housed three different Episcopalian Parishes.  The church reflects the economically prosperous time in which it was built. Due to the enormous amounts of money this building required for its upkeep, a difficult decision had to be made and that was to sell the building and put the finances to better use in the ministry. The ministry is alive and well and reaching all parts of the world spreading the good word. Though it is a shame a building like this has to come down, the money it would have taken to upkeep this building can now be used to benefit families for generations to come. Having been sold to a private owner, the building was found to be unstable and scheduled to be taken down in the hopes that most of the materials are to be recycled. Though the materials of this building no longer have the form of a church, its rebirth will rise again, dispersed like the good word throughout the land. 

In addition to the main sanctuary, the property was home to a convent, small chapel, community center, and a school.  There are many beautiful and colorful stained glass windows and a bell tower.  It also has an auditorium which was rumored to have been built from oak from the nearby shipyards, and was last used as a basketball court.  The basement was once an elegant ballroom.  Beyond the ballroom lied a bowling alley.

Many items in the sanctuary dated back to the 1840s.  From stained glass windows, to bowling alley items, there were many relics to be reclaimed with demolition on the horizon.


Simple PewsCagesChurch Octagonal BenchBowling Pins & BallBowling Ball ReturnFire Extinguisher 2Fire Extinguisher 1Brunswick Table BaseCrateBracesElaborate PewsChurch Round Stained Glass WindowHarvest Stained GlassChurch Blue Stained GlassBishop's ChairsReverend PaintingChurch Parallel BarsFire HornsFire Horns

  • plain stained glass

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  2. 7-10-2013

    I worked on a stained glass job at this church in 2002 I had to install lexan  covers on the exterior side of one of the churches windows.

  3. 4-1-2013

    Were there any old programs, books, magazines or any kind of paperwork left behind and if so… is any of it available for sale?   Plus are there any more A.M.E. Churches you are working on?  If so I would love to know of any books or crosses found.  Our history of AME CHURCHES are being lost…  I guess it is just a sign of the times… I am just one of those folks trying to find and save all I can afford… out of my on pocket… Thanks and God Bless You!

  4. 10-15-2012


    Are there any stained glasss panels left?  Warm thanks for letting me know.  I would give anything to remember that church.


  5. 9-23-2012

    Was interested in purchasing the “elaborate oak church pews” as seen in the AME church episode filmed in Philadelphia. A few questions; is the only purchase option through ebay? Are you willing to sell only one (complete) pew? Does it make a differencein price if I pick up the item in Sellersville? Thanks! Do enjoy the show!

    • 9-24-2012

      Hi Susan! Unfortunately those elaborate church pews are sold. Please let us know if there’s anything else we can do.

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