First Universalist Church (Salem, Massachusetts)

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First Universalist Church
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First Universalist Church
First Universalist Church (Salem, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
First Universalist Church (Salem, Massachusetts)
Location Salem, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°31′26″N 70°53′44″W / 42.52389°N 70.89556°W / 42.52389; -70.89556Coordinates: 42°31′26″N 70°53′44″W / 42.52389°N 70.89556°W / 42.52389; -70.89556
Built 1808
Architect Putnam,William
Architectural style Federal
Governing body Private
MPS Downtown Salem MRA
NRHP Reference #

83000577

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Added to NRHP July 29, 1983

The First Universalist Society of Salem is a historic Universalist church building at 211 Bridge Street in Salem, Massachusetts.

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The congregation was founded in 1805 after seven local people with an interest in Universalism attended a lecture by Rev. John Murray, a founder of Universalism. The current church building was constructed in 1808 with Rev. Hosea Ballou, a founder of the Universalist Church, laying the cornerstone of the Federal style building.[2] Inside the building, the Hutchings organ was constructed in 1888 with 1,200 pipes. The church was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.

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