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“Modern for its time!”

First Unitarian Church of Baltimore
Reviewed 2 November 2017

For years, we have ridden by this church and said one day we would stop in to see it, and today was the day. Originally called The First Independent Church of Baltimore, the church is the oldest building in the United States built for, and used ever since by, a Unitarian congregation. Built in 1818 by Maximilian Godefroy, the church is recognized as the finest American example of French Romantic Classicism. The building was a very modern design for its time – it uses 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, when a barrel-vaulted ceiling, a Tiffany mosaic and seven windows and a magnificent Niemann organ were added. Joseph E. Sperry (who was the architect of Baltimore’s iconic Bromo-Seltzer Arts Tower) designed the ceiling. Throughout its history, the congregation has boasted prominent Baltimore citizens, including George Peabody and Enoch Pratt.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

We were staying at a hotel in the Mt. Vernon area close to his church and saw it as we were walking around the area. It is 200 years old and one of the first Unitarian Universalist Churches in America. We like unique architecture and this white stucco, domed cube building with an orange colored relief on the front of the building is unique. It stands out among the other buildings. It was interesting to see.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Reviewed 9 October 2016

We just stumbled onto this place as we were walking around the Mt Vernon Neighborhood. Very neat building. It is one of first Unitarian Universalist Churches in America (& very possibly the first). It contains a rare Tiffany Mosaic & several Tiffany windows. It also has some chairs dating back to the 1800's. They do have tours after services on Sunday (we stumbled onto the end of this).

Date of experience: September 2016
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