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Pierre and Fort Pierre, South Dakota

United Church of Christ

United Church of Christ
United Church of Christ
South Dakota State Historical Society

Built between 1908 and 1909, the United Church of Christ, now known as the Fort Pierre Congregational Church, is the only example of High Victorian Gothic architecture in Fort Pierre. The Late Victorian Gothic style is the last phase of the Gothic Revival, but it is sometimes treated as a separate style. The style is characterized by decorative polychrome patterns produced by the use of contrasting color or texture in brick and stonework. Churches and public buildings are the most common building types designed in this style.

The church is constructed of locally made brick on a foundation of Hot Springs, South Dakota sandstone. The building’s most distinguishing feature is the square tower set into the corner of the facade. In addition to the tower, the pointed arch windows, brick detailing above the windows, and bi-chromatic appearance resulting from the use of brick with contrasting stone foundation and trim are also characteristic of High Victorian Gothic architecture.

The First Congregational Church of Christ of Fort Pierre joined with the Evangelical and Reformed Church in 1958 to form the Congregational United Church of Christ.

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The United Church of Christ, now known as the Congregational United Church of Christ, is located at 114 West Main Ave. on the corner of Second and Main Sts. in Fort Pierre. Visitors are welcome at Sunday Worship Services at 10:30am with children's Sunday school services at 9:00am. For more information, call 605-223-2753.

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