St. John's Episcopal Church (Dresden Mills, Maine)

St. John's Episcopal Church is a historic church on the south side of Maine State Route 27 at Blinn Hill Road in Dresden Mills, Maine. Built in 1832, it is a distinctive architectural blend of Federal, Greek Revival and Gothic Revival styling. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1991.[1]

St. John's Episcopal Church
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St. John's Episcopal Church (Dresden Mills, Maine) is located in Maine
St. John's Episcopal Church (Dresden Mills, Maine)
St. John's Episcopal Church (Dresden Mills, Maine) is located in the United States
St. John's Episcopal Church (Dresden Mills, Maine)
LocationS side of ME 27 at jct. with Blinn Hill Rd., Dresden Mills, Maine
Coordinates44°6′24″N 69°43′25″W / 44.10667°N 69.72361°W / 44.10667; -69.72361Coordinates: 44°6′24″N 69°43′25″W / 44.10667°N 69.72361°W / 44.10667; -69.72361
Arealess than one acre
Built1832 (1832)
Architectural styleGreek Revival, Gothic Revival, Federal
NRHP reference No.91000769[1]
Added to NRHPJune 14, 1991

Description and historyEdit

St. John's Episcopal Church stands in the village of Dresden Mills, just east of the Dresden town offices on the south side of SR 27. It is a single-story wood-frame structure, with a gabled roof, clapboard siding, and granite foundation. A two-stage square tower rises from the roof, with a belfry in the second stage that has louvered round-arch openings, and pinnacled corners joined by a balustrade above. The front facade is symmetrical, with pilasters at the corners and on either side of the two entrances, rising to an entablature and fully pedimented gable. The doorways are set in otherwise simple openings, but are topped by Federal style round-arch louvered windows. Similar windows, taller in height, rise on the sides. The interior features an unusual mix of Federal and Gothic styling, with original box pews and a Romanesque screen separating the sanctuary from the vestry.[2]

The church was built in 1832 as a union church, serving four congregations, and was formally dedicated the following year. It was built as a virtual duplicate of the Pittston Congregational Church, differing now due to subsequent alterations to each building. In 1852 it was dedicated exclusively for use by the Episcopal congregation, which named in St. John's, after an earlier church in Dresden that has not survived.[2]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b Kirk Mohney (1991). "NRHP nomination for St. John's Episcopal Church". National Park Service. Retrieved 2016-07-02. with photos from 1991