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Liz Supranovich

Colchester, VT

#1 Mar 25, 2009
Springfield, known as the “City of Homes,” takes pride in residential Mattoon Street, the first Historic District in the city. In 1870, William Mattoon submitted plans for a street on the “brow of the Hill” overlooking central Springfield. Within twenty-five years, it developed into a street of townhouses along with a renowned church designed by H H Richardson.

The North Congregational Society of Springfield chose to build their new church on Salem Street at the same time that fashionable residences were being constructed on nearby Mattoon Street.

Although the church was not built until 1872-73, its commission was given to H. H. Richardson in 1868. The church is of Romanesque style and is entirely made of brownstone (true?). The church was the second commission Richardson won early in this career. His first commission was the Agawam Bank building in 1869. The president of Agawam Bank, Chester W. Chapin, started Richardson on his career, and he later became the first internationally recognized American architect. His distinctive style became known as “Richardsonian Romanesque” and the church is a fine example of it.

The Louis Comfort Tiffany stained glass windows on the North and South sides of the church were dedicated in 1913 and favrile glass was used throughout in their construction.

In 1935, the North Congregational Society suddenly moved out and left the church vacant. One year later, the church was acquired by the Grace Baptist Church of Springfield.
Jonathan Kilburn

Philadelphia, PA

#2 May 30, 2010
To add onto the previous note. Grace Baptist church underwent 2 fires, one of which destroyed some of the stained glass on the north wall (visible from the parking lot off Mattoon St) in which the glass was replaced in the '70s.
The church also has a wooden addition which is connected by a small enclosed ramp from the brownstone building to the wooden building. Grace Baptist Church had also acquired the home next door (22 Salem street) to be used as a parsonage.
In 1996 Grace Baptist Church sold the building to Hispanic Baptist Church and built a new building in Agawam. Since then they sold the building in Agawam in 2002 and are now at 62 Bowles Pk. Also, in 1998 the church sold the parsonage to Hispanic Baptist Church which currently uses it for offices.
The last pastor of Grace Baptist Church while residing on Salem Street was Todd Kilburn. The current Pastor of Grace Baptist Church is Carmen Rizzo.
Jonathan Kilburn

Philadelphia, PA

#3 May 30, 2010
On a random note about the building: Washington Gladden wrote the hymn, "Oh Master, Let Me Walk With Thee" in the steeple of this building (There is a single small room in the steeple).

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