United Church of Christ in Keene

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United Church of Christ in Keene
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United Church of Christ in Keene
United Church of Christ in Keene is located in New Hampshire
United Church of Christ in Keene
United Church of Christ in Keene is located in the US
United Church of Christ in Keene
Location 23 Central Sq., Keene, New Hampshire
Coordinates 42°56′4″N 72°16′43″W / 42.93444°N 72.27861°W / 42.93444; -72.27861Coordinates: 42°56′4″N 72°16′43″W / 42.93444°N 72.27861°W / 42.93444; -72.27861
Area less than one acre
Built 1786
Architect Multiple
NRHP Reference # 82001671[1]
Added to NRHP March 09, 1982

The United Church of Christ in Keene (also known as The First Church or Church at the Head of the Square) is a historic Congregational church at 23 Central Square in Keene, New Hampshire, United States. The oldest portion of this church is its timber frame, a 50-by-70-foot (15 by 21 m) structure that was built in 1786 as the town's fourth meeting house. In 1828 the meeting house was rotated and moved, nearly to its present location, and the Greek Revival temple front with Doric columns was added, as was the tower and steeple. These alterations were supposedly inspired by the recent (1817–18) construction of the Third Fitzwilliam Meetinghouse. In 1859-60 the church was again moved, this time a short distance to make room for an enlarged sanctuary, as designed by the Worcester firm of Boyden & Ball. The building exterior has been little altered since; the steeple was recreated from photographs after the original was toppled by the New England Hurricane of 1938. In 1924 a two-story brick parish house was built next to the church.[2]

The church and parish house were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.[1]

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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. ^ "NRHP nomination for United Church of Christ in Keene" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2014-05-01. 

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