First Church of Christ, Congregational, Suffield (1869)

February 1st, 2015 Posted in Churches, Romanesque Revival, Suffield

First Church of Christ, Congregational, Suffield

Suffield’s first meeting house was erected around 1680. The Congregational Society was formally organized in 1698. A new Congregational meeting house was built around 1700. The next two church edifices are described in the Celebration of the Two Hundred and Fiftieth Anniversary of the Settlement of Suffield, Connecticut, October 12, 13 and 14, 1920 (1921):

The sills for a new Meeting House were laid May 8, 1749 and the steeple raised on August 22 following. The edifice was forty feet wide and fifty-seven long and stood north to south parallel with the burying ground. The steeple stood at the north end. . . . The fourth church edifice, the one for the past fifty years serving as the freight house at the railroad station, was built in 1835.

The current church was built in 1869. It was designed in the Romanesque Revival style by John C. Mead, a Suffield native who designed numerous churches throughout Connecticut. The First Church of Christ, Congregational originally had a tall spire on its southeast corner that blew down in the Hurricane of 1938 and was never replaced.

  1. One Response to “First Church of Christ, Congregational, Suffield (1869)”

  2. By Jay on Oct 6, 2017

    This was my Mom’s church. After the hurricane, my Grandfather did a lot of the repairs to the interior of the church including hand carving the newel post. I have emailed the church to see what happened to the post, but never received any response.
    Blessings to you,
    J

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