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.
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