First Congregational Church of Cheshire

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First Congregational Church of Cheshire
First Congregational Church, Cheshire CT.jpg
First Congregational Church of Cheshire is located in Connecticut
First Congregational Church of Cheshire
First Congregational Church of Cheshire is located in the US
First Congregational Church of Cheshire
Location 111 Church Dr., Cheshire, Connecticut
Coordinates 41°29′53″N 72°54′13″W / 41.49806°N 72.90361°W / 41.49806; -72.90361Coordinates: 41°29′53″N 72°54′13″W / 41.49806°N 72.90361°W / 41.49806; -72.90361
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1827
Architect David Hoadley
Architectural style Federal, Adamesque
NRHP reference # 73001950[1]
Added to NRHP February 16, 1973

The First Congregational Church of Cheshire is a historic church at 111 Church Drive in Cheshire, Connecticut. It was designed by David Hoadley and built in 1827. It features a shallow oval dome.

Five other Congregational churches were built on essentially the same design in the Connecticut towns of Old Lyme (the 1816-17 Old Lyme Congregational Church), Milford (1823), Litchfield (the 1829 First Congregational Church of Litchfield), Southington (1830), and Guilford (the 1830 First Congregational Church of Guilford). All six churches have front porticos with four fluted columns, the doors of all six have the same dimensions, all six steeples are of the same design and are surmounted by weathervanes that appear to have been cast from one mold, and all six churches have twenty-over-twenty double-hung windows. The similarities suggest that some of the building elements may have been prefabricated.[2]

The church was described by Connecticut architectural historian J. Frederick Kelly. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1][3]

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Riess, Jana (2002). The spiritual traveler: Boston and New England: A guide to sacred sites and peaceful places. Hidden Spring. p. 271. ISBN 978-1-58768-008-3. 
  3. ^ Bruce Clouette (July 22, 1975). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination: First Congregational Church of Cheshire" (PDF). National Park Service.  and Accompanying four photos, exterior and interior, from 1975