Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Universalist National Memorial Church
The Universalist National Memorial Church (1810 16th Street NW) is "the national representative of the Universalist Church of America." The church is a merger of the Universalist faith and the Unitarians. It is located kitty-corner from the Scottish Rite 33' Supreme Council building. (In fact, I stood on the steps of the aforementioned to take this picture.)
Universalists worshiped in Washington, D.C., prior to the Civil War, but did not officially organize themselves until 1869. The church constructed and moved into this building in 1930. Designed by Francis H. Allen and Charles Collens, it reflects Romanesque architecture from the English, French, and Italian traditions. Allen and Collens were also the architects for the Riverside Church in New York and the Rockefeller Chapel at the University of Chicago.
Photo copyright: D.C. Confidential, 2/08