Second Congregational Church of Holyoke

This is part of the Holyoke Heritage Trail so after visiting here get back onto the trail.

The Second Congregational Church of Holyoke is now located at the southeast corner of Maple and Appleton Streets. It was built in 1886 to replace the one that was across Dwight Street from Holyoke City Hall. It is a brownstone masonry building made in the Romanesque style. It now has Gothic style mixed in that were added after a 1919 fire. The church in 1996 joined with the Grace United Church of Holyoke. The church is part of the North High Street Historic District. In 1912 the Skinner Memorial Chapel was added to the church. This beautiful chapel honors William Skinner the silk magnate of Holyoke. The family has been a great source of charity to Holyoke.

inside stop 1 – Church

Your can read a great deal about the history of the church as their own web site. The nave of the church has beautiful stained glass windows.

inside stop 2 – Sunday School Room

inside stop 3 – Chapel

The stained glass windows in the chapel were designed by Charles J. Connick.

inside stop 4 – Choir

outside stop 5 – War Memorial and Church Steeple

The church steeple is made of Romanesque elements. The main steeple is 100 feet and the two smaller steeples are of 50 feet.

outside stop 6 – North High Street Historic District

Looking north from this point on High Street, the next 4 blocks are part of the North High Street Historic District. It is a wonderful place with a mix of styles. Read my full treatment at North High Street Historic District.

outside stop 7 – Empire and Grand Theaters

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The Grand Theater was located just beyond the backyard of the Skinner Chapel. Read about it at this theater link. The Empire Theater was located about 100 feet more to the south along this sidewalk of High Street. Read about it at this theater link.

Sanborn 1884 map

Sanborn 1889 map

Sanborn 1915 map

Sanborn 1949 map

Sanborn 1956 map

outside stop 8 – Library Commons area

Read about the commons area at this LINK. [It is an external link run by the Holyoke Public Library.]

outside stop 9 – Skinner Chapel

The chapel is made in the neo-Gothic style. Its beauty is incredible. It is erected in 1909 to honor the memory of the silk magnate William Skinner.