Meetinghouse goes on historic register

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MERCER – The Mercer Union Meetinghouse has been entered in the National Register of Historic Places, according to Earle G. Shettleworth Jr., director of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, whose staff prepared the nomination.

The designation indicates that the property has been documented, evaluated and considered worthy of preservation and protection as part of the nation’s cultural heritage.

Erected in 1829 by an as yet unidentified builder and altered three times in the next century, the Mercer Union Meetinghouse is a transitional Federal and Greek Revival style frame edifice that is detailed on the exterior with Gothic Revival style features and on the interior with Greek Revival moldings and bold grain painting.

It was placed in the National Register of Historic Places for its significant architecture and in recognition of the excellent decorative grain painting on the interior.

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