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St. Athanasius Greek Orthodox Church (Universalist Church) and Pleasant Street Congregational Church

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Universalist Church
1841; 1860, Thomas W. Silloway. 735 Massachusetts Ave. 1844, F. F. Low. 75 Pleasant St.
  • St. Athanasius Greek Orthodox Church (Universalist Church) and Pleasant Street Congregational Church

Two churches in Arlington Center represent the challenge to Congregational hegemony after the Revolution. The First Parish Church was taken over by Unitarians in 1828. The dissenters who remained true to Congregational doctrine constructed the Orthodox (now Pleasant Street) Congregational Church, still an impressive Greek Revival structure despite alterations. More impressive and intact is the Universalist Church, an 1841 frame building that was moved back from the street and enlarged in 1860 by Universalist minister and prolific church architect the Reverend Thomas W. Silloway. The entrance pavilion and tower (minus a steeple destroyed in a hurricane in 1938) distinguish the main elevation of what is now the St. Athanasius Greek Orthodox Church.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan

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