First Spiritualist Church - Springfield, MA
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member neoc1
N 42° 05.974 W 072° 35.228
18T E 699522 N 4663648
Quick Description: The First Spiritualist Church, formerly the French Congregational Church, is located on Bliss Street near downtown Springfield, MA. The church was constructed in 1887 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 4/2/2012 10:30:31 AM
Waymark Code: WME4GB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Dorcadion Team
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Long Description:

The First Spiritualist Church is 68' by 42' and constructed of pressed brick with trim of East Longmeadow brownstone. It was built in 1887 by Sam Provost in a High Victorian Gothic style created by a local architect. The front facade has three distinct elements. The central part is a narrow gable-end building which is flanked by two pointed towers. The east tower is capped by an octagonal spire roof. At the base is a narrow entrance porch. The larger 68' west tower has a pyramidal roof and decorative brickwork along the cornice and around the windows. The main entrance is at the base of this tower.

A plaque placed in celebration of the 350th Anniversary of the founding of Springfield is located near the front door. It explains the history of the church:

FIRST
SPIRITUALIST
CHURCH
33-37 Bliss Street
Built 1887
*=====================================

Originally the French Protestant Church, this edifice was
erected with the support of Daniel Wesson, a local in-
dustrialist, to serve the small French-Canadian Protestant
population in the City. In 1909, the building was given up by
the French due to declining membership. For the next ten
years it served a variety of ethnic groups including Italian
Baptists and Black Protestant congregations. In 1919, the
First Spiritualist Society, which organized in 1850, pur-
chased the church and has continued to use it.

*=======350
1636 - 1986 Springfield MA

This property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Date the Church was built, dedicated or cornerstone laid: 7/1/1887

Age of Church building determined by?: Cornerstone or plaque

If Church holds a weekly worship service and "all are welcome", please give the day of the week: Sunday

Indicate the time that the primary worship service is held. List only one: 10:30 AM

Street address of Church:
33-37 Bliss Street
Springfield, MA United States
01105


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If denomination of Church is not part of the name, please provide it here: Not listed

If Church is open to the public, please indicate hours: Not listed

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