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Town Hall (Universalist Church)
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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