North Guilford Congregational Church, Guilford, Connecticut

Established in 1719, the North Guilford Congregational Church is the oldest continually used church in the town of Guilford. Considered to be one of Connecticut’s outstanding Federal style churches, its present structure was designed and built by local architect Abraham Coan between 1812 and 1814. The church was among the first to adopt a “square body” meetinghouse layout versus the traditional axial design with an elongated nave. Ornamented by a single Palladian window, its evenly-lit subdued interior embodies the nature of endeavoring equality sought within Congregational worship.

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