First Congregational Church is a unique building among Albany's midtown neighborhoods. When designs were unveiled in 1917, the newspapers of the day hailed the design as a departure point in church architecture. This architecture was a radical difference from the traditional styles employed throughout the region. In fact, one newspaper went as far to say that "there will be no other church building in Albany of this particular type."
Architecturally speaking, First Congregational Church is a fully-intact representation of the Greek Revival style of architecture which was quite popular for municipal buildings during the time of its construction. The architecture was meant to convey the feeling of gradure and importance that one should feel when entering a building. The fact that a church was using this style, rather than a municipal building (such as a City Hall), echos back to the roots of Congregationalism that believed the church was just as important in daily life as the government.
Virtually all of our fixtures and elements are the original pieces, purchased at the time of construction including lighting elements, pews, and hardware. Although a few minor updates have been made to keep the building functioning properly, all modifications have been done with minimal impact to the historic integrity of our church structure.