First Congregational Church of Ovid

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Main Street Building, United Church of Ovid
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First Congregational Church of Ovid is located in Michigan
First Congregational Church of Ovid
First Congregational Church of Ovid is located in USA
First Congregational Church of Ovid
Location 222 Main St., Ovid, Michigan
Coordinates 43°0′25″N 84°22′16″W / 43.00694°N 84.37111°W / 43.00694; -84.37111Coordinates: 43°0′25″N 84°22′16″W / 43.00694°N 84.37111°W / 43.00694; -84.37111
Area less than one acre
Built 1872 (1872)
Built by George Fox
Architectural style Gothic Revival
NRHP Reference # 72000607[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP January 13, 1972
Designated MSHS April 23, 1971[2]

The First Congregational Church of Ovid, is a religious building located at 222 Main Street in Ovid, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1971[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.[1]

History[edit]

In 1871, 22 people began Ovid's First Congregational Church with minister Reverend William Mulder.[2] The next year, the congregation hired master carpenter George Fox to construct this building at the corner of High and Park Streets. In 1876, a bell was installed in the belfry. In 1899, with a growing congregation, the structure was moved to its current location and enlarged,[2] adding a basement and two porticoes.[3] In 1843, the Congregational and Methodist churches merged, using both buildings until 1972.[2] In 1979, this church became a private residence.

Description[edit]

The First Congregational Church of Ovid is a frame Gothic Revival structure,[2] in a modified T-plan.[3] The original section measures 34 feet (10 m) by 58 feet (18 m); later additions increase the size. It has a gable roof and clapboard-covered walls with pilaster strips at the corners.[3] The 75 feet (23 m) tall, three-stage two-story square tower topped with an octagonal belfry contains unique decorative touches.[2][3] Gothic elements include tall, narrow arch-top windows and a rose window.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "First Congregational Church of Ovid". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d Melissa McDonald, Congregational Church (United Church), Ovid Michigan: HABS No. MI-250 (PDF), Istoric American Building Survey