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Congregational Church, Manchester, CT

January 2, 2018

New England presents a special case for the A-A. It’s heavy proportion of Protestant denominations and the relative length of church construction from the Colonial period past the Civil War had established a degree of “corporate identity.” There was, one could argue, a broader stylistic palette as well. All of those factors may have come to bear on Manchester, Connecticut’s Second Congregational church, whose 1889 building is vaguely Shingle Style.

Frankly, I prefer the brooding darkness of its early appearance — even if that was the daydream of an offset printer in Berlin.

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