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Third Reformed Church

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1874, John R. Kleyn, builder; 1891 belfry; 1952 parish hall and educational wing; 1967–1968 restoration; 1995 addition, Design Plus. 110 W. 12th St.

The Gothic Revival church bears a striking similarity to Richard Upjohn's wooden churches. The Reverend Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of the Holland colony, first organized the church in 1867 and donated the land for the first house of worship. This church burned in the 1871 fire that destroyed two-thirds of the city. The present church is of balloon-frame construction, with board-and-batten siding, pointed-arched windows, wall buttresses, and pinnacles. It rests on a foundation of locally quarried Marshall sandstone. The spired square corner tower with an open belfry was added in 1891. The auditorium-plan interior is adapted to the needs of the Reformed service, with the congregation arranged around the central pulpit to enable the members to see and easily hear the preacher. The grouping of the pews in front of the pulpit eliminated a central aisle. Clustered columns support the Gothic arches of the interior. The platform furniture, originally made for St. Nicholas Collegiate Church in New York City, was installed in 1952.

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Kathryn Bishop Eckert
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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Third Reformed Church", [Holland, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MI-01-OT2.

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Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 275-276.

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