South Congregational Church, Chapel, Ladies Parlor, and Rectory

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

253-269 President Street and 358-366 Court Street

ARCHITECT: Chapel, architect unknown; Church, architect unknown; Ladies Parlor, Frederick Carles Merry; Rectory, Woodruff Leeming

DATE: Chapel, 1851; Church, 1857; Ladies Parlor, 1889; Rectory, 1893

STYLE: Romanesque Revival, Gothic Revival

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Designated March 23, 1982

The South Congregational Church is a brick structure enhanced by a series of recessed arches expressive of the finest and most sophisticated early Romanesque Revival designs of the pre-Civil War period. An addition, built in 1889 for use as a ladies’ parlor and Sunday school, was designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style by architect Frederick Carles Merry. A red-brick and terra cotta structure, its massive forms and Byzantine carving are typical of this phase of the Romanesque Revival. In 1893, the church built a rectory adjoining the ladies’ parlor. This four-story Gothic Revival structure, designed by Brooklyn Architect Woodruff Leeming, forms a transitional link between the church and the mid-nineteenth-century row houses to the west.

STATUS Designated Individual Landmark

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