WESTFIELD -- First Congregational Church of Westfield is celebrating the new year with a newly restored parish house. Hidden from view for over 40 years, the hall’s window wall and skylight are once again exposed, filling the room with natural light. The soaring space, warmed by dark wood trim, forms the heart of the church’s social events.
Built in 1912 and named for an early minister, Patton Hall was modified over the years to accommodate the needs of a growing congregation. A portion was walled off to create an infant nursery and a drop ceiling was added during the 1970s energy crisis, sealing off the balcony and skylight above.
With the completion of the restoration, the most dramatic architectural elements are once again visible, namely the exposed rafters, arched windows and wood trimmed skylight in the early 20th century Craftsman style. The original Gothic-style chandeliers were refurbished and fitted with Edison-era bulbs. Doors and woodwork were salvaged and the painted trim returned to its original chestnut finish.
To satisfy 21st century standards, the project included central air conditioning, a new service kitchen and handicapped-accessible bathroom, and a 75-inch “smart” TV. The hall can seat 120 people and is available for rental for meetings and celebrations.
“Among the many blessings of a thriving congregation are members who are willing to contribute so generously to complete a project like this for future generations,” said Rev. Dr. Mark Boyea, FCC Senior Minister. “We welcome the community to experience both the room and the generosity of spirit that restored it over coffee following our weekly worship celebrations.”
First Congregational Church is located at 125 Elmer Street in downtown Westfield. For more information on rentals or church programs, please visit fccofwestfield.org or call (908) 233-2494.
First Congregational Church’s Patton Hall has been restored to its turn-of-the-century splendor. The historic hall is home to the church’s social events and may be rented for meetings and celebrations.