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First Unitarian Church of Baltimore

12 W Franklin St, Baltimore, MD 21201

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Construction Date:1818
Architect:Maximilian Godefroy (1818); Joseph Evans Sperry (1893)
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The First Unitarian Church of Baltimore is the first church in the United States built for and by Unitarians, which is still in use by the same congregation as a Unitarian church. It is Godefroy’s major Baltimore work and one of the city’s finest buildings of the period. A daring modern design when it was constructed, the building utilizes the basic shapes of the cube and the sphere with a minimum of detail on the flat planes to emphasize the geometry of the structure. In the late-19th century, major reconstruction of the interior of the sanctuary was undertaken with the addition of a barrel-vaulted ceiling, a Tiffany mosaic and seven Tiffany windows, and a magnificent Niemann organ. The organ and the Enoch Pratt Parish Hall were both gifts from Enoch Pratt, a member of the church for 65 years. Hear the Niemann organ throughout the day.

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