People's Unitarian Church

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People's Unitarian Church
People's Unitarian Church (Ord, Nebraska) from SW.JPG
People's Unitarian Church is located in Nebraska
People's Unitarian Church
People's Unitarian Church is located in USA
People's Unitarian Church
Location 1640 N St., Ord, Nebraska
Coordinates 41°36′5″N 98°55′48″W / 41.60139°N 98.93000°W / 41.60139; -98.93000Coordinates: 41°36′5″N 98°55′48″W / 41.60139°N 98.93000°W / 41.60139; -98.93000
Area less than one acre
Built 1901
Built by Wentworth, William
NRHP Reference # 84002497[1]
Added to NRHP June 14, 1984

The People's Unitarian Church, at 1640 N St. in Ord, Nebraska, was built in 1901. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]

It has been described as perhaps one of the most unusual church buildings in the state, as it has a square, brick first level, about 3 feet (0.91 m) below grade, and a wood-shingled octagonal second level. The second level holds the church meeting hall, approximately 37 feet (11 m) in diameter. As of 1983, it was one of only two octagonal churches in Nebraska (the other being the First Congregational Church at Naponee, in Franklin County, NRHP-listed in 1982, a one-story 1887-built frame structure).[2]

It was built for cost of about $2,500, and it served as a church only from 1901 to 1911. The Ord church was formed as a Unitarian Society in 1899 by parishioners of Rev. A. H. Tyrer, who was forced to resign from the Episcopal Church for his liberal views. The church had financial difficulties, discontinued services in 1911, and disbanded in 1914. The church building was sold to the Commodore Foote Post No. 40 of the Grand Army of the Republic. It served as a club and meeting hall for that group, then from 1921 to 1961 it served in the same way for the Ord Fidelity Post No. 38 of the American Legion.[2]

As of 1983, it was in good condition, little changed from its construction.[2]

Up to 1983, Unitarian Society churches were known to have been formed in just five Nebraska towns and cities. The only other NRHP-listed Unitarian church in the state was the First Unitarian Church of Omaha.[2]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d Penelope Chatfield Sodhi (March 1984). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: People's Unitarian Church (VY04-5)" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved August 10, 2016.  with six photos from 1983