Completion of the first step of a multi-year project to preserve and restore the UMH rare and beautiful windows

READFIELD — The historic Readfield Union meeting House this week completed the first step of a multi-year project to preserve and restore its rare and beautiful windows. Thanks from a grant from The National Historic Preservation Commission in Boston the exterior casings of the five most endangered windows were scraped, primed and painted and thenContinue reading “Completion of the first step of a multi-year project to preserve and restore the UMH rare and beautiful windows”

December 2010 News & Updates

The Meeting House is pleased to welcome Mrs. Barbara Boenke of Kents Hill to membership on the Board. Barbara has served on the Advisory Board and is familiar with what is going on with the Meeting House restoration, so it is a pleasure to have her as a full voting member. Barbara worked in theContinue reading “December 2010 News & Updates”

Union Meeting House Today

Today a visitor sees the sanctuary exactly as it was in 1868 since all the improvements made at that time remain untouched. Even the old hymnals rest in the pew racks. The entire building, inside and out is an outstanding survival. It is a time capsule or the proverbial “bee in amber.” A visitor trulyContinue reading “Union Meeting House Today”

Why is the Union Meeting House on the National Register of Historic Places?

Architectural historians, scholars specializing in old buildings and the proverbial man or woman on the street can recognize that the Union Meeting House stands out from all other similar religious buildings they have visited. When it was placed on The National Register of Historic Places it was called “a handsome late Federal style brick churchContinue reading “Why is the Union Meeting House on the National Register of Historic Places?”

Some Highlights

1. Federal period historic building constructed in 1827-1828 of brick and weatherboard. 2. The only surviving Trompe l’oeil Art done by Charles J. Schumacher in the 19th century (of his 51 creations). 3. Only one other church in Maine has rare stenciled glass windows. Those at Union Meeting House are more striking in design. 4. Added to the NationalContinue reading “Some Highlights”

Trompe l’oeil and other significant features

Trompe l’oeil is French for “to fool the eye” and the walls and ceilings of the Readfield Union Meeting House, which are painted plaster, appear to be three-dimensional columns, medallions, wall plaques, arches and a receding colonnade that protrude from the walls and ceiling. They are, in truth all flat yet are so realistically paintedContinue reading “Trompe l’oeil and other significant features”

Origin of the Readfield Union Meeting House

The Union Meeting House was built in 1827-28 to accommodate a union of different faiths since not all congregations then worshipping in Readfield could afford their own building in 1827. Toward the middle of the 20th century, as different faiths built their own churches, services became less frequent. With no congregations, there was no income.Continue reading “Origin of the Readfield Union Meeting House”

Donations and Memberships

We invite you to assist in restoring this cultural landmark through your donations, gifts in kind and / or membership. We also need volunteers and would appreciate hearing from you! Donations and membership dues can be mailed to: Readfield Union Meeting House 158 Thorp Shores Readfield, Maine 04355. Membership Annual Dues: Single $25.00 Family $45.00 Student $15.00 Patron $75.00 Benefactor $100.00 Sponsor $150.00 Life Fellow $250.00 Corporate $250.00 IfContinue reading “Donations and Memberships”