Mullions and Pink Granite

Jane Neill-Hancock

Wayne, United States

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This beautiful historic church is found on Pelham Street in Newport Rhode Island, across from the Newport Tower and Touro Park.

I took this photo on a very bright day in August 2007. The church was being restored – there were frames and indications of construction and restoration everywhere. I made the mistake of not noting or taking a photo of the sign for the church.

In looking at a map of Newport, it appears this is the Newport Congregational Church which is located at 73 Pelham Street, Newport. the problem with that is that the photos I see on the website look nothing like this church so I am stumped.

In any case – it is a beautiful example of the pink granite that is found in many churches and buildings in the North East of the USA, and also in this photo alone are three types of mullion windows that I can see. there are the open windows that arch at the walkway to the door of the church on the left side. In wikpedia this is shown as a mullion. then the tall long windows in the middle that have the dark red stained glass are separated by mullions and then to the left of that are the windows of the church that have more narrow red mullion divisions.

I loved this church – so beautiful and unique – a Gothic type flavor mixed with a gingerbread type look of Victorian. The spire which I unfortunately did not get a photo of was amazing – tall and very Gothic.

The United Congregational Church, (formerly First Congregational Church and Second Congregational Church) built in 1857, is a historic church in Newport, Rhode Island. The congregation is affiliated with the United Church of Christ (UCC). The church is now called the Newport Congregational Church.

HISTORY:
The congregation was gathered as Newport’s First Congregational Church in 1695 by Rev. Nathaniel Clap, a Harvard College graduate who ministered to the Newport congregation until his death in 1745. The Second Congregational Church of Newport started another congregation in 1735, but the two later reunited. This current building was completed in 1857 and John LaFarge stain glass windows were installed later in the nineteenth century. In 1971 the building was later added to the National Register of Historic Places. As of 2009 the church is pastored by the Reverends Mary Beth Hayes and Nan L. Baker.

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