First Congregational Church (Lake Linden, Michigan)
First Congregational Church
|Location||53248 N Avenue (at 1st St.), Lake Linden, Michigan|
|Architect||Holabird & Roche|
|Part of||Lake Linden Historic District (#09000522)|
|NRHP Reference #||80001863|
|Added to NRHP||November 17, 1980|
The First Congregational Church (Lake Linden, Michigan) is a church located at 53248 N Avenue (on the corner of First Street) in the Linden Lake Historic District in Lake Linden, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, and is significant for its impeccable architectural integrity.
The First Congregational Church is a spectacular example of Victorian stick architecture. The church is arectangular asymmetrically-massed front gable structure atop a foundation of mine rock with a square tower and belfry in the front. The exterior features dramatic woodwork styling, with fishscale and flat-edged shingles made of pine and separated into sections by stickwork. The gable over the entrance and the tower sides are constructed with diagonal siding; focal points there and on the sides of the church are sided in herringbone and pinwheel shapes, fremed with more stickwork and carved floral rosettes. The church has an open front porch with contrasting turned railings.
The interior includes the pastor's office, kitchen, and meetinghall. The meetinghall has wainscoated walls, a hardwood ceiling, and more intricate stickwork; there are only minor alterations from the original construction. A Garret House Pipe Organ, built in 1874 for the First Congregational Church of Calumet, is also installed. The organ is believed to be the oldest tracker-style pipe organ in Michigan.
The First Congregational Church founded in 1882 by a small group of Scottish residents, headed by Allen McIntyre, which included a number of prominent businessmen and employees of the local Calumet and Hecla Mining Company. It soon became apparent that the congregation would need its own church, and a building committee was formed in 1886. The Calumet and Hefcla Mining Company donated land, and the committee procured architectural drawings from Holabird and Roche, using them to build the church for an original cost of $8325. The building was dedicated in February 1887, three months before a devastating fire swept through Lake Linden; the church was one of the few frame buildings in the area to escape damage.
The church continued to be in use until the 1980s, when the congregation dwindled to the point where they were not large enough to maintain the building. The church was deeded to the Houghton County Historical Society, which has continued to use and maintain it as the Houghton County Heritage Center. Limited restoration has been ongoing since 1993; the restoration included repainting the church in the original colors.
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