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Town Hall (Universalist Church)

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Universalist Church
1844, Eli Buch. 5218 Pomfret Rd., Pomfret Center

Four towns in north-central Windsor County—Barnard, Pomfret, Sharon, and Woodstock (WS21)—received virtually identical church buildings apparently by the same builder, Eli Buch of Barnard. Buch drew upon a church design from Asher Benjamin's The Practice of Architecture (1833), simplifying it into his signature scheme, a three-bay fluted Doric portico with a low hipped roof attached to a broader rectangular box of a building by a massive entablature that carries around the main block on fluted pilasters. Built for the Universalists, the Pomfret example was originally capped by a contractually specified “good and fashionable spire or steeple,” likely similar to that on Buch's pedimented 1845 design for Barnard village. The building was deeded as a town hall in 1872, and in 1905, the deteriorating tower was removed.

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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson
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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Town Hall (Universalist Church)", [Pomfret, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VT-01-WS17.

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Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 360-360.

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