Calvinistic Congregational Church

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Calvinistic Congregational Church
FitchburgMA FaithUnitedParishChurch.jpg
Calvinistic Congregational Church is located in Massachusetts
Calvinistic Congregational Church
Calvinistic Congregational Church is located in the US
Calvinistic Congregational Church
Location Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°35′6″N 71°48′19″W / 42.58500°N 71.80528°W / 42.58500; -71.80528Coordinates: 42°35′6″N 71°48′19″W / 42.58500°N 71.80528°W / 42.58500; -71.80528
Built 1896
Architect Francis,Henry M.
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference #


Added to NRHP June 15, 1979

The Calvinistic Congregational Church is an historic church building located at 820 Main Street in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. In 1967, the congregation joined with the First United Methodist Church of Fitchburg to form a cooperative ministry called Faith United Parish.[2] Built in 1896. the church was designed by architect Henry M. Francis, and is one of the city's finest examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1] The current pastor is Rev. Jeff Conlon.

Architecture and history[edit]

The Faith United Church stands at the southern end of the Fitchburg Upper Common, adjacent to the city's central business district. It is a rectangular structure, built out of red sandstone and brick. Its gable roof is oriented parallel to Rollstone Street, which runs just north of the building. The front gable is stepped and is topped by a finial; a lower cross gable on the side is also stepped. A tall tower, over 158 feet (48 m) in height, stands at the corner of the two streets, rising to a clock level, belfry, and octagonal spire. A lower tower stands at the right rear of the sanctuary, the cross gable between them set above a group of four windows with a half-round window above the center two. The interior decoration includes five Tiffany windows.[3]

The congregation that had the church built in 1896 was founded in 1802 as a traditional Congregationalist alternative to Fitchburg's first church, founded in 1768 and converted to Unitarianism at the time of the split. This congregation built its first church in 1806, and a larger one in 1845. The present building was built, its design probably a gift of local architect Henry M. Francis, who was one of its parishioners and then late in his career. The church is one of his finest examples of the Richardsonian Romanesque style, and one of the finest example of that style in the city.[3]

The Calvinist Congregational Church, its enrollment declining, entered a ministry union with the First United Methodist Church. Although the congregations are separately managed (retaining separate affilitions with the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church), they share the facilities and the minister.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Faith United Parish website
  3. ^ a b "MACRIS inventory record for Calvinistic Congregational Church". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2015-10-20. 

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