United Congregational Church, Worcester (1885)

Dissatisfaction over the choice of minister at the Old South Church in Worcester in 1820 led Daniel Waldo (1763-1845) to organize a new parish, originally called the Calvinist Church. The name was officially changed to Central Church in 1879. Waldo paid for the construction of the congregation’s first meetinghouse in 1823-1825. Located on Main Street, near George Street, it was later replaced by the current church, built in 1884-1885 at the corner of Salisbury Street and Institute Road. The Romanesque Revival-style Central Church, built of Longmeadow brownstone, was designed by Stephen C. Earle. When the studio of John LaFarge proved too busy to design the interiors, the church commissioned Sarah Lyman Whitman, a former student of William Morris Hunt. Central Church merged with Chestnut Street Congregational Church in 1982 to form United Congregational Church.

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2 Responses to United Congregational Church, Worcester (1885)

  1. William Clarke Haywood says:

    A few months ago I was renewing my Florida Drivers License and at that time they required a copy of my birth certificate. My middle name “Clarke” on my birth certificate is without an “E.” Florida will not change it on my drivers license until I get my birth certificate changed. I’ve contacted the City Clerk in Salem and they requested that I obtain a “certified document from a religious ceremony, e.g baptismal or naming ceremony.” Back in the early ’40’s I live in the Spanish Arms Apartments on Main Street and went to your church also on Main Street. If you can help me in any way I truly would appreciate it. Thank you in advance.

    Yours truly,

    William Clarke Haywood

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