The current church building features a prominent dome. The structure was built in 1810 and subsequently enlarged with a $30,000 donation from textile entrepreneur Henry J. Steere in honor of his father, Jonah Steere. Beneficent has active ministries working with the homeless in the city and around the world. Beneficent Congregational Church is open for Sunday services and the building is located at 300 Weybosset Street in Providence.
The church bears a striking similarity in style to the Massachusetts State House in Boston, designed by Charles Bulfinch. Prior to about 2007, the church's dome was covered on gold leaf. The gold leaf was apparently sold to cover the church's expenses as it has had a dwindling congregation in the past few decades.
Beneficent Church in the early 20th century
Jonah Steere, father of Henry J. Steere, portrait now owned by Beneficent Congregational Church