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United Congregational Church

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1832, 1871, 1974, 1986. 1 Commons
  • United Congregational Church

The church building began as a plain, clapboarded meeting house, three bays deep, with little vertical emphasis. It changed in 1871 with the elevation of the original meetinghouse over a tall basement floor, to permit Sunday school and church social activities downstairs. This levitation of the church required the addition in front of an enclosure for a stair and entrance foyer, which are topped by a belfry and a commanding polygonal needle spire, all in Victorian carpentered Gothic. White paint outside and the recent renovation of the plaster barrel-vaulted interior toward its presumed original appearance are meant to invoke as much as possible an ideal version of the kind of colonial or Federal architecture expected on a New England common. But the architectural distinction of the church is its Victorian addition—one of the finest such wooden Victorian spires in the state.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "United Congregational Church", [Little Compton, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 496-496.

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