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First Congregational Church (1842) – new stone porch and steps

38 South Winooski Avenue (facing Cherry Street), Burlington, Vermont USA • For reasons I have yet to learn (this workman had no idea either) they have not replaced the stones under each column.


Frankly, one might think a stone porch and set of church steps ought to last longer than a mere 170 years. As we can see, it is one heck of a job to replace them, when they support six grand Ionic columns and a portico (see the full set for earlier views).


The distinctive Bell Tower (added in 1845), uniquely identifies the First Congregational Church. Architect: Henry Searle, modeled on the plan of St. Pancras church, in London, England. George Perkins Marsh suggested as a model for the tower the Choragic Monument of Lysicrates in Athens, Greece.


☞ For some dates & historical details, I am indebted to the Chittenden County Historical Society, and their fine, three volume set: Historic Guide to Burlington Neighborhoods: Vol. I, 1991; Vol. II, 1997; Vol. III, 2003. David J. Blow, author; Lillian Baker Carlisle, Editor; Sarah L. Dopp, photographs.


☞ This building is one of 63 contributing structures of the 470 acre Main Street - College Street Historic District, and has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places (#88001850), since October 13, 1988.


More Info: GeoHack: 44°28′44″N 73°12′22″W.

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Taken on July 13, 2012