First Parish Church to undergo renovations
The First Parish Congregational Church of Brunswick, near
the northwest corner of the Bowdoin campus, is slated to undergo several
renovations in the upcoming year.
Bowdoin economics professor Michael Jones and his wife Dodie
are co-chairing the church's Capital Campaign with the goal of raising
the $2.5 million needed to repair the church. The campaign has already
raised $1.7 million.
The needed renovations include repainting the exterior of
the church, strengthening the tower, which is beginning to lean towards
the East, repairing leaks in the roof, and restructuring the drainage
system around the building to link into the town of Brunswick's drainage
system. In addition, four stained-glass windows need to be repaired, and
an interior sprinkler system with smoke and fire alarms needs to be installed.
Preconstruction drawings are in progress, and renovation
on the historic church will begin with the new building season.
Although the church's exterior will be surrounded by scaffolding
for most of the building season, the inside will still be accessible for
regular services and events.
The church, which was built in 1846 by Richard Upjohn, was
placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. The building
is unique because it is an example of Neo-Gothic architecture, most notably
seen in its vertical exterior siding. At the time of its construction,
the church was considered to be one of the most radical buildings in Maine.
The church also has a long-standing history with the College, and Convocation and Baccalaureate are still held there.