First Congregational Church of Ovid

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Main Street Building, United Church of Ovid
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First Congregational Church of Ovid is located in Michigan
First Congregational Church of Ovid
Location 222 Main St., Ovid, Michigan
Coordinates 43°0′25″N 84°22′16″W / 43.00694°N 84.37111°W / 43.00694; -84.37111Coordinates: 43°0′25″N 84°22′16″W / 43.00694°N 84.37111°W / 43.00694; -84.37111
Area less than one acre
Built 1872 (1872)
Built by George Fox
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 72000607[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 13, 1972
Designated MSHS April 23, 1971[2]

The First Congregational Church of Ovid, is a religious building located at 222 Main Street in Ovid, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1971[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1]


In 1871, 22 people began Ovid's First Congregational Church with minister Reverend William Mulder.[2] The next year, the congregation hired master carpenter George Fox to construct this building at the corner of High and Park Streets. In 1876, a bell was installed in the belfry. In 1899, with a growing congregation, the structure was moved to its current location and enlarged,[2] adding a basement and two porticoes.[3] In 1843, the Congregational and Methodist churches merged, using both buildings until 1972.[2] In 1979, this church became a private residence.


The First Congregational Church of Ovid is a frame Gothic Revival structure,[2] in a modified T-plan.[3] The original section measures 34 feet (10 m) by 58 feet (18 m); later additions increase the size. It has a gable roof and clapboard-covered walls with pilaster strips at the corners.[3] The 75 feet (23 m) tall, three-stage two-story square tower topped with an octagonal belfry contains unique decorative touches.[3][2] Gothic elements include tall, narrow arch-top windows and a rose window.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "First Congregational Church of Ovid". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Melissa McDonald, Congregational Church (United Church), Ovid Michigan: HABS No. MI-250, Istoric American Building Survey 

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