First Unitarian Society in Newton

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First Unitarian Church
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First Unitarian Society in Newton is located in Massachusetts
First Unitarian Society in Newton
First Unitarian Society in Newton is located in the US
First Unitarian Society in Newton
Location 1326 Washington St., Newton, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°20′54″N 71°13′41″W / 42.34833°N 71.22806°W / 42.34833; -71.22806Coordinates: 42°20′54″N 71°13′41″W / 42.34833°N 71.22806°W / 42.34833; -71.22806
Area 1.3 acres (0.53 ha)
Built 1906
Architect Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson
Architectural style Late Gothic Revival, Tudor Revival, Elizabethan Revival, Other
Part of West Newton Village Center Historic District (#90000017)
MPS Newton MRA
NRHP Reference # 86001802[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 4, 1986
Designated CP February 16, 1990

The First Unitarian Society in Newton occupies a prominent location at 1326 Washington Street in the heart of the village of West Newton in Newton, Massachusetts. Architect Ralph Adams Cram designed the church, Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr. designed the grounds, the cornerstone was laid in 1905, and it was dedicated in 1906; it is one of the village's oldest buildings. The church is in Cram's signature Gothic Revival style, with buttressed walls and a blocky square tower with crenellations and spires. An enclosed courtyard is formed by an office wing, banquet hall, and parish house, which are built to resemble Elizabethan architecture with brick first floor and half-timbered upper level.[2]

The Unitarian Society was organized in 1848, and its first building was built in 1860. A Gothic Revival structure later expanded with Stick style decoration, it stood at the present location of the West Newton Cinema. The present building was built on the site of an early experimental normal school (later move to Framingham and now Framingham State University, and has a stained glass window featuring two Massachusetts education pioneers (and parishioners of the church), Horace Mann and Cyrus Peirce.[2]

The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the First Unitarian Church in 1986.[1]

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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 and NRHP nomination for First Unitarian Church". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2015-06-03. 

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