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Property Name First Reformed Church
Reference Number 15000777
State New York
County Rockland
Town Piermont
Street Address 361 Ferdon Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 11/9/2015
Areas of Significance Architecture
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000777.pdf
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The First Reformed Church built in 1946, is significant under Criterion C as an excellent example of midtwentieth century Colonial Revival architecture in Piermont. Organized in 1839, the First Reformed Church was the first congregation organized in Piermont. In 1850, the congregation purchased a parcel of land along the Sparkill Creek and built a new church. A vernacular parsonage was built next to the church a decade later; it received modest picturesque updates during the 1870s. Expanded and beautified, the church had served the community for nearly a hundred years when it was lost in an accidental fire; due to the quick response of firefighters, the parsonage was saved. Designed by the Manhattan architectural firm of Cherry and Matz which specialized in ecclesiastical architecture, the new church has many of the hallmarks of the traditional Wren-Gibbs type, including a central tower and steeple, squarish massing, and an interior designed to optimize lighting and sound quality. In reference to modest New England Congregational churches, the architects covered the church in white shakes and chose higher style Colonial Revival ornamental details to decorate the entranceway, central tower, and sanctuary. The firm returned in 1952 to design a simple parish house addition that was compatible with the architecture of the church and suited the congregation's needs. Cherry and Matz's design seamlessly meets with the church and nestles into the hill. Together, the church and parish hall reflect the aspirations of the vibrant congregation of the First Reformed Church in commissioning one of the most notable architectural contributions to the community during the mid-twentieth century and represent over 175 years.

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