For those who have interest in or wish to support efforts to restore and preserve The Readfield Union Meeting House, a cultural landmark, for future generations of Readfield residents, Maine citizens and visitors from other states.
National Register of Historic Places
A national treasure built in 1827 to accommodate a union of different faiths
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Board of Directors: Marius B. Peladeau, President Donn Harriman, Treasurer Milton Wright, Secretary Barbara Boenke John Perry Marianne Perry Karen Peterson Joan Wiebe Advisory Board: Amy Black Florence Drake Mary Jernigan Evelyn Adell Potter Jack Smart
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Thank you to Ron Simons Photography for taking and gifting UMH with the pictures above
A rare example of Trompe l'oeil Art
The Trompe l'oeil Art found inside the Readfield Union Meeting House may be the best example in this country.
One can picture the choir members enfolded in this artfully designed space.
View from the Pulpit
The black walnut and butternut pews, stained glass windows, kerosene chandelier, wall sconces, painted ceiling and lectern are all original. The original Bible also survives.
The pulpit and matching chairs in Greek Revival style. This view also shows an example of trompe l'oeil murals that simulate columns and shelves.
Stenciled Glass Windows
Only one other church in Maine has rare stenciled glass windows. These in Readfield are more colorful and more striking in design.
An example of the medallions that decorate the interior of the Union Meeting House
The Board of Directors are meeting January 17th 6:30pm. This is a business meeting to determine / prioritize which stained and stenciled glass windows can be repaired / restored with monies in hand. There is still time to make a donation for this worthy effort! Donations can be sent to: Marius Peladeau, UMH President, 158 Thorp Shores, Readfield, ME 04355. Thank you for your kind consideration!