Church Steeple

By: Jconnphoto

Oct 28 2010

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Category: Architecture, Season

1 Comment

Aperture:f/5.6
Focal Length:28mm
ISO:100
Shutter:1/400 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 40D

Photo blog day seventy six, October 28, 2010

The Church seen here behind the maple tree is Old First Church set on Court Square in Springfield, MA.  This church is said to be the oldest church in Western Massachusetts and among the oldest, which was founded in 1637, in the nation.  The actual building has been rebuilt throughout the centuries.

An excerpt from an article on Masslive.com written by Michael McAuliffe:

“The city literally grew up around the church, which was first built in 1645 and for a time was where residents came to pay their taxes and to hold town meetings. The current building, constructed in 1819, is the fourth church and meeting house, and through its doors came the abolitionist John Brown and the statesman and orator Daniel Webster. The body of the country’s sixth president, John Quincy Adams, even lay in state in Old First Church in 1848.

The church was designated a state historical landmark in 1971, and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.”

Sadly, the church was forced to close it’s doors in 2008 and auction off historical artifacts because of lack of financial support and attendance.  I am fortunate to work near this church and still be able to enjoy its beauty even if I can’t go inside.  Perhaps someday the City will receive funds to reopen the doors and reestablish the church.

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One comment on “Church Steeple”

  1. […] The church you see in the back is the Old First Church of Springfield. I wrote a post about it here.  And what is interesting is that it may very well be the most fragile building in the city. […]


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