The Church of the Unity, founded and built by Winchendon’s most prominent families, has presided over downtown Winchendon for over 150 years. Now called the Unitarian Universalist Church of Winchendon (UUCW), the building hosts community and religious services.
The ravages of New England weather, time and water have taken their toll on this beautiful structure. Major repairs to the stonework are urgently needed. Set in Stone is the church's capital campaign to raise money for this purpose.
A casual walk around the big gray church quickly reveals the damage the granite stonework has suffered from years of wind, sun, rain and extreme temperature changes. Many mortar joints are in a state of disrepair, with the mortar filling either cracked or completely missing. All of this needs to be replaced and/or refilled.
In 2015, UUCW contracted with the engineering firm
Structures North of Salem, Massachusetts to conduct a visual
survey of the church. They produced a detailed report
showing the type and extent of deterioration across the
entire building exterior. A color-coded map of their
findings is posted here. It shows damage ranging from
cracked and missing mortar, to bulging or shifted stones, to
cracks in the stones themselves. The damage is scattered
throughout the building, with the most severe damage resting
in the church tower and front entryway.