United Congregational Church

  • Address: 73 Pelham St
  • Vicinity: Spring St
  • Travel Genus: Sight
  • Sight Category: Building

Romanesque churches favor large plain spaces connected with very rich ones.... The center of the church rises higher than the sides, to an unbroken flat ceiling. At the [east] end of the church is a flat wall, with a slight sunken space arched at the top, back of the preacher. This gives an advantage at once in a reality of modeling, which, in a meager way, is the recall of an apse. In front stands the reading-desk, ugly in detail and color, but the general line of which is not bad, and suggests the ambo of Byzantine art. Now, on these two forms-the ambo and the arched recess behind-I base my decoration. As the church has pillars, with arches resting on them, behind which are the side galleries, there is sufficient recall of all early round arch buildings to make me lean to some Romanesque or Byzantine style ... it was determined to retain the wood-work-pews and that sort of thing-and [these are] very ugly and poorly colored. Therefore, my decoration must be such that it will not call attention to this ugliness. Consequently, my large, plain spaces are placed near the wood, and my fine ornament goes higher up. - John La Farge



Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1695/00/00 The First Congregational Church, now called Newport Congregational Church (NCC), gathers in Newport, Rhode Island.
1770/04/00 Rev Samuel Hopkins Vocation Samual Hopkins begins regular preaching at the First Congregational Church in Newport, Rhode Island.
1855/12/05 Joseph Collins Wells Architect The cornerstone of the present United Congregational Church is laid. The building is built during the pastorate (l841-l873) of Dr Thatcher Thayer, one of the more important clergymen in Newport's history.
1857/01/15 John Sniffen Carpenter United Congregational Church's Romanesque Revival sanctuary is dedicated. Builders and contractors include carpenter John Sniffen, mason Samuel McCorkle and Sons and stone-cutter William Crommelin.
1880/00/00 John LaFarge Artisan United Congregational church is decorated with stained glass windows and murals by John La Farge. Blues, greens, reds and gold predominate, and tapestried patterns run throughout.

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Particulars for United Congregational Church:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Area of Significance Art
Sight Category Building
Historic Use Church Related Residence
Criteria Historic Event
Other Description Lombardic
Level of Significance National
Owner Private
Area of Significance Religion
Historic Use Religious Property
Architectural Style Romanesque Revival

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 19th November 1971

Registry Name: United Congregational Church
Registry Address: Spring and Pelham Sts.
Registry Number: 71000027
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: Wells,Joseph C.; LaFarge,John
Architectural Style: Other, Romanesque
Attribute: Lombardic
Area in Acres: 9
Contributing Buildings: 1
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: National
Area of Significance: Art, Architecture, Religion
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Criteria Consideration: Religious property
Period of Significance: 1875-1899, 1850-1874
Significant Year: 1855, 1857, 1880
Historic Function: Religion
Historic Sub-Function: Religious structure, Church related residence
Current Function: Religion
Current Sub-Function: Religious structure Church related residence

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