Dorset Congregational Church // 1909

Arguably the most high-style building in the quaint village of Dorset, Vermont is the Congregational Church, which appropriately sits on Church Street. The original congregational church in Dorset was located in nearby Maple Hill Cemetery. When the wood structure burned in 1832, an new wooden church was built on this site. The second wooden building burned in 1907, and then this church was built, but of fireproof construction. Jordan Greene, an architect from New York, designed this Neo Gothic Revival style in the historic district. The church was constructed by the contracting firm of O. W. Norcross, partner in the Norcross-West Marble Company, which donated the building stone from its South Dorset quarry. The design is dominated by a massive square central tower that ascends its facade and is capped by pinnacles. Behind the tower, the gable-roofed church is built of rough-faced Dorset marble laid in patterned coursed ashlar and trimmed with dressed stone. How many other marble churches can you think of?

6 thoughts on “Dorset Congregational Church // 1909

  1. Heli Meltsner October 23, 2022 / 11:05 am

    Part of what makes this church interesting is the crenelated parapet and the arrowslits of the tower, both originally defensive and here, in a building for the peaceul practice of religion, probably used to recall the romance of the Gothic. Also interesting, this was designed well after the Gothic Revival of the nineteenth century.

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    • Buildings of New England October 23, 2022 / 12:04 pm

      Exactly. Definitely inspired from 19th century, but appears more romance than the pre-Civil war designed churches of the style. I need to learn more about the architect. He was new to me.


  2. Paul Chandler October 23, 2022 / 12:11 pm

    Nice photo. Check out Chester, Vermont, sometime. There is a cluster of stone buildings of various uses.

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    • Buildings of New England October 23, 2022 / 12:16 pm

      I did feature Chester, and the Stone Village there. On the right side of the blog, you can sort by town. 🙂


      • Paul Chandler October 23, 2022 / 12:21 pm

        Thanks. I will. I frequently refer to your blog to obtain details on pictures I take in various cities and towns in New England.

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