First Universalist Church (Provincetown, Massachusetts)

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First Universalist Church
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First Universalist Church (Provincetown, Massachusetts) is located in Cape Cod
First Universalist Church (Provincetown, Massachusetts)
Location Provincetown, Massachusetts
Coordinates 42°3′3″N 70°11′17″W / 42.05083°N 70.18806°W / 42.05083; -70.18806Coordinates: 42°3′3″N 70°11′17″W / 42.05083°N 70.18806°W / 42.05083; -70.18806
Built 1847
Architect Wendte, Carl; Hallet,Benjamin
Architectural style Greek Revival
Part of Provincetown Historic District (#89001148)
NRHP Reference #


Significant dates
Added to NRHP February 23, 1972
Designated CP August 30, 1989

The First Universalist Church is an historic church at 236 Commercial Street in Provincetown, Massachusetts. The Greek Revival building was built in 1847 to a design by Benjamin Hallett, for a congregation that had been established in 1829. It is a massive post and beam timber frame construction, and was originally built without the tower. The tower, which is telescopic in form, with Greek ornamentation, is the only surviving steeple in Provincetown, and is a landmark for seafarers.[2]

The church was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972,[1] and included in the Provincetown Historic District in 1989.[2] It is now called the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House.

Interior trompe l'oeil ceiling and wall frescos were done in egg tempera by Carl Wendt in 1847

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "MACRIS inventory record for First Universalist Church". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-02-26.