First Church Congregational (Methuen, Massachusetts)

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First Church Congregational
Methuen First Congregational.jpg
First Church Congregational (Methuen, Massachusetts) is located in Massachusetts
First Church Congregational (Methuen, Massachusetts)
First Church Congregational (Methuen, Massachusetts) is located in the US
First Church Congregational (Methuen, Massachusetts)
Location Pleasant and Stevens Sts., Methuen, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°43′46″N 71°11′8″W / 42.72944°N 71.18556°W / 42.72944; -71.18556Coordinates: 42°43′46″N 71°11′8″W / 42.72944°N 71.18556°W / 42.72944; -71.18556
Area 1.8 acres (0.73 ha)
Built 1855 (1855)
Architect Heins & LaFarge
Architectural style Gothic Revival
Part of Pleasant-High Historic District (#84002417)
NRHP reference # 78000461[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 1, 1978
Designated CP June 20, 1984

First Church Congregational is a historic church at Pleasant and Stevens Streets in Methuen, Massachusetts. The stone Gothic Revival structure was built in 1855 for Methuen's first congregation, established in 1729. Its first meeting house was on Daddy Frye's Hill, but moved to the present location in 1832. The present building features granite walls, a slate roof, and a tower with crenellated top and typical Gothic lancet windows. In 1895 the church installed a stained glass representation of Christ's Resurrection designed by John LaFarge.[2]

The church was individually listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978,[1] and included in the Pleasant-High Historic District in 1984.[2] The current congregation is active in the United Church of Christ. The Rev. William D. Ingraham is its current Senior Pastor.[3]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "MACRIS inventory record for First Congregational Church". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-01-06. 
  3. ^ First Church Congregational website

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Interior circa 1900, featuring stained glass window

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