ONCE UPON A STEEPLE

Upon a Steeple

This beautiful old church has been abandoned for at least a decade by now, maybe a few years longer. The problem? No heat, or plumbing and thus, no bathroom. No parking lot AND it only sits a few hundred people. I love the place and if I win the next huge lottery, I’m going to buy it, rebuilt it, and turn it into a Blackstone Valley museum. If it doesn’t get knocked down first. No one is caring for it.

On Top of the World

Steeple clock



Categories: #SquareUp, Architecture, Blackstone Valley, church, Photography, square, Uxbridge

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  1. I’m hoping you win and can buy this, Marilyn. It looks like a beauty.

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  2. Here’s hoping you win the lottery soon – I love this church

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  3. I love old buildings. I think I would turn it into a home. Museums are nice but a home filled with ambiance of the ages is even better.

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    • It’s beautiful inside, or at least it was when I was last in it. All hand-carved mahogany. It’s such a pity that it’s going to wind up a pile of wreckage. It needs work. Heat, plumbing, painting, insulation. A design that would make it a home. For all that, it truly is a beautiful place and was built with love. It would make a brilliant home. I’d live in it and put a bell in the belfry, too.

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      • Absolutely a bell in the tower. It sounds so wonderful. I also love old barns and am trying to convince my sons that they should turn one of theirs into a home that I could rent from them. They say the same — it would require a lot of work and even more money. It’s so sad that things in this country are allowed to fall into ruin when buildings in Europe are lovingly cared for even though they are centuries old. Such waste, to tear them down and at some point replace them with concrete or steel with glass windows that add to more heat in the cities. What will my great-granddaughter see when she grows up? A society of concrete that covers the grass and trees that are only in paintings.

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        • If the church had ONE of the things it needs. Heat or plumbing … or it was a bit bigger. It’s very tall, but it was built for a for a small congregation and most churches want more space than its few hundred seats. It was build about 150 years ago and in recent years, it lost its congregation to other UU churches that had heat. I’ve gone to unheated churches in the winter and an hour into the service — especially because you are standing still most of the time — you’re just frozen. But just doing the basic stuff — heat, plumbing, insulation, and even the most basic design to make it livable — is expensive. Good contractor’s are awfully expensive. Our house is only 50 years old and just trying to keep it functiona; is costing us every dollar we don’t spend on necessities. Other churches have been resold as churches, but they had some of the interior work done — mainly, a bathroom and heating. When you have neither — nor even insulation — that’s one cold church in the middle of the winter in New England. But it is also a classic.

          We’ve saved two other buildings — the old railroad station and the on Uxbridge Inn (which was still a real inn when we moved here). But the church community died — there were only 10 members left — around 2007ish and we had great hopes for it for a while. But the years have rolled on. Everybody looks at it sadly because it IS beautiful and it’s the tallest church in the village, too. AND right on the common. You need some very serious money to properly fix it up — but I think it would be magnificent.

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          • I wish I had that kind of money. My entire marriage (30 years) was spent in a pre-civil war farmhouse with two stories, eight rooms, cellar, front porch, all kinds of space but no heat! My hubs was a plumber and he eventually found a good furnace that kept the downstairs rooms warm, but in the beginning we had a space heater in the middle room and I put quilts at the windows and doors to keep that one room warm enough that we could do most of our living in there. Quick trips to the kitchen to cook and back in the middle which became an all purpose room. When it was extremely cold I would move the kids mattresses to that room and we all hunkered down snuggling in the quilts, eating hot soup that was always in the two crock pots I had, and reading books, playing board games, and watching some TV that was kid friendly back then It’s hard to believe we spent most of those 30 years like that, putting in a large furnace only after about 20 years. It was hard, but we survived and I hated when termites took the house. Large trees around it all kept us cool enough in the summer except when I was canning, but looking back I have to say it was one of the best times I ever spent. One thing about Kentucky winters is that it is either warm outside or it is absolutely freezing! Not much in between the below 30 and the normal 45 – 50 degrees.

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            • My childhood home was much the same. We had a converted coal furnace that just barely kept it above freezing on the main floor, but the upstairs was unheated. The radiators we just GONE and in some cases, had never been installed. The upstairs had originally been an attic. What started out as a four-room stucco cottage became an 8-1/2 room house. Termites TRIED to take the house and just before it would have collapsed, someone discovered the beams weren’t beams anymore but termite metro central. I had to break the ice on my glass in the morning. Yup. Cold. Really cold.

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      • “Ambiance of the Ages”. That’s what we have here at The Kachingerosa.

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  4. I hope you get to buy it…?

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    • It needs easily $100,000 of work. Remember your house in Freeport? Now picture that house (smaller, but much taller), made entirely of cedar shakes with a tall steeple. When freshly painted, it is lovely. It’s in better shape than most buildings its age because it was built so well, but time is catching up with it. I wonder if the bell is still in the belfry.

      There are stairs up to the top and I think you can walk around the steeple — a widow’s walk. Great view of the valley. Overlooking the Mumford River. No road behind it. Just woods until you reach the river.

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