Christ Episcopal Church (Gardiner, Maine)

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Christ Episcopal Church
Christ Episcopal Church, Gardiner.jpg
Christ Episcopal Church (Gardiner, Maine) is located in Maine
Christ Episcopal Church (Gardiner, Maine)
Christ Episcopal Church (Gardiner, Maine) is located in the United States
Christ Episcopal Church (Gardiner, Maine)
Location2 Dresden Ave., Gardiner, Maine
Coordinates44°13′39″N 69°46′32″W / 44.22750°N 69.77556°W / 44.22750; -69.77556Coordinates: 44°13′39″N 69°46′32″W / 44.22750°N 69.77556°W / 44.22750; -69.77556
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built1820 (1820)
Architectural styleGothic Revival
NRHP reference #73000129[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 24, 1973

Christ Episcopal Church is a historic church located at 1 Dresden Avenue in Gardiner, Maine. Built in 1820 for the oldest congregation in the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. It is the oldest known example of ecclesiastical Gothic Revival architecture in New England, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

Description and history[edit]

Christ Episcopal Church is located in central Gardiner, on the east side the town common and the junction of Church and Dresden Streets. It is a rectangular stone structure with a square tower projecting from the center of the front (west-facing) facade. The main roof has flat wings and a gabled center, and is surrounded by low battlement-style crenellations. The square portion of the tower is topped by similar crenellations, with an octagonal spire above. The front facade has entrances in the tower and the flanking sections, set in lancet-arched openings. Above each is a Gothic window with tracery, that in the tower considerably larger. The side elevations each have three tall Gothic windows.[2]

The church in 2012

The Episcopal Church in Gardiner was organized in 1772 by Sylvester Gardiner, a major landowner for whom the city is named. This building, constructed in 1820, is its third sanctuary, the first having succumbed to fire in 1792, and the congregation having outgrown the second. It was designed by the Rev. Samuel Farmer Jarvis in what was then termed the "Gothick" style, which was then without precedent in New England.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Christ Episcopal Church". National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-04-26.

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