Congregational United Church of Christ (Iowa City, Iowa)

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Congregational Church of Iowa City
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Congregational United Church of Christ (Iowa City, Iowa) is located in Iowa
Congregational United Church of Christ (Iowa City, Iowa)
Location 30 N. Clinton St.
Iowa City, Iowa
Coordinates 41°39′44″N 91°32′2″W / 41.66222°N 91.53389°W / 41.66222; -91.53389Coordinates: 41°39′44″N 91°32′2″W / 41.66222°N 91.53389°W / 41.66222; -91.53389
Built 1869
Architect Gurdon P. Randall
Architectural style Gothic Revival
NRHP Reference # 73000729 [1]
Added to NRHP June 18, 1973

Congregational United Church of Christ is located in the downtown area of Iowa City, Iowa, United States and the campus of the University of Iowa. The congregation was organized in 1856 and the church building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.


Seventeen individuals signed the charter that initiated the congregation in 1856.[2] Chicago architect Gurdon P. Randall designed the present church and the cornerstone was laid in 1868. The Gothic Revival building cost $30,000 to construct, and it was dedicated on December 9, 1869.[2]

A parsonage was built on the eastside of the church in 1891, which was later sold to the university and is now the location of the biology building. In 1903 a Lyon and Healy organ was installed. Other additions to the church include the administration annex, which was built in 1924, and the Little Chapel built in 1940.

In 1957 the Congregational Church and the Evangelical and Reformed Church merged to form the United Church of Christ. The congregation was affiliated with the new church at this time. The same year a new Wicks organ was installed and the Christian Education building was added.

Renovations to the church building made for a new ground floor entry and improvements to the social hall, choir loft and chancel in 1969. The sanctuary became handicapped accessible in 1986, and was renovated in 2002.

The Casavant Frères, Opus 3867, pipe organ was donated anonymously to the congregation in 2007. It combines elements of the church’s previous instruments. The base of the retable woodwork is from the 1903 Lyon and Healy organ; the upper portion of the case, with the Gothic style embellishments, were from the 1934 additions; and seven ranks from the 1958 Wicks organ are part of the 29 ranks of the new organ.[2]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b c "History". Congregational UCC. Retrieved 2010-12-06. 

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