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Joseph Priestley Memorial Chapel

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1834, 1900, 1910. 380 Front St.
  • (© George E. Thomas)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

Although Unitarian worship stresses rationality over mystery, early Unitarian churches and chapels were built in a Gothic Revival style. Constructed of brick in Flemish bond and with a crisply stepped gable, this chapel is one of the oldest church buildings in the county. Of special note is the cabinet pipe organ by John Wind of Lancaster (1815), restored in 1982. The stained glass lancet windows on each side of the pulpit were donated by Priestley's descendants in 1912.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Joseph Priestley Memorial Chapel", [Northumberland, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 400-400.

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