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First Unitarian Church of Providence

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Identification

First Unitarian Church of Providence
146949

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Structure in General

church
existing [completed]
neo-classicism

Usages

church (unitarian)

Facts

  • The first Unitarian Church is noted for having the largest bell ever cast in the foundry of Paul Revere and Son.
  • Its tall steeple stands just east of downtown across the Providence River.
  • Designed by John Holden Greene, its design shows influences of the Federal style as well as the work of James Gibbs - in particular his St. Martin-in-the Fields in London.
  • The church was dedicated in 1816.
  • First Unitarian is of ashlar-laid white stone, obtained locally from a quarry in Johnston.
  • The main entrance exhibits a portico with pediment above which rises the tower and tall spire.
  • In 1966 the church was badly damaged by fire following a lightning-strike.

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Location

1 Benevolent Street
1 Benevolent Street
02906
Providence
Rhode Island
U.S.A.

Technical Data

1816

Involved Companies

John Holden Greene

Features & Amenities

  • Clock(s) displayed on the outside
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