South Canaan Congregational Church

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South Canaan Congregational Church
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South Canaan Congregational Church is located in Connecticut
South Canaan Congregational Church
Location CT 63 and Barnes Rd., Canaan, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°57′42″N 73°20′7″W / 41.96167°N 73.33528°W / 41.96167; -73.33528Coordinates: 41°57′42″N 73°20′7″W / 41.96167°N 73.33528°W / 41.96167; -73.33528
Area 0.8 acres (0.32 ha)
Built 1804
Architect Dutton,Thomas
Architectural style Federal
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 83001272[1]
Added to NRHP March 16, 1983

South Canaan Congregational Church is a historic Congregational church building at CT 63 and Barnes Road in the town of Canaan, Connecticut.

It was built in 1804 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.[1]

The South Canaan Church is one of three Connecticut churches modeled after a church in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, that was built in 1793 according to a design by Charles Bulfinch. As such, it is a representative of the first generation of architecturally stylish church buildings, built between 1790 and 1810, that were replaced the earlier plain-style meetinghouses.[2]

At the time of its construction, the church's site in South Canaan was the approximate geographic center of the town of Canaan, which was then a farming community and included the area that later became the town of North Canaan. In later decades of the 19th century, South Canaan was eclipsed in importance by the new manufacturing centers of Falls Village and East Canaan and the railroad-junction community of Canaan village.[2]

As of 1982, the building was no longer used as a church but was preserved by a local historical society.[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c Bruce Clouette and John Herzan (July 20, 1982). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: South Canaan Congregational Church". National Park Service.  and Accompanying seven photos, exterior and interior, from 1982