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Second Congregational Church, Palmer, MA

October 1, 2014

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Palmer is in the western half of Massachusetts, near the Connecticut River valley. Actually I was there once, more than forty years ago, to see the H.H. Richardson-designed railroad station. Who knew that the Akron-Auditorium plan might bring me back one day.

Looking very good at 1080 Pleasant Street (a thousand yards or so from the Richardson depot), Second Congregational (UCC) was built in 1910 to replace an earlier building lost to fire. The church website calls it “English Tudor,” but there is also more than a hint of latent Shingle Style. All of its details are still charmingly present, as well. If research takes me to New England again soon, I shall have to make a point of revisiting Palmer to see its two buildings of my acquaintance.

 

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