Church of Christ Congregational (UCC), Norfolk, CT

The Steeple Restoration Committee is working with GNCB Consulting Engineers and Noyes Vogt Architects who have extensive experience in historical restoration and preservation work in Connecticut. We have chosen one of three plans that they presented. Fundraising efforts are beginning in earnest as we apply for grants and mail our brochure to all Norfolk residents. To date, we have been successful in raising the funds to bring the steeple down and have raised one-third of the approximately $400,000 needed to make the steeple spectacular again. We hope you will join our efforts to restore and replace this important landmark.

Thank you from the Raise the Steeple Committee –

Hope Childs, Marie Civco, Rowland Denny, Betsy Gill, Jan Graham-Jones, Kate Johnson and the Reverend Erick Olsen. Ann Havemeyer and Barry Webber, Historical Consultants

Donations to help restore the steeple may be made below.
If you would like to pledge financial support to this project,
please visit the Steeple Pledge page. Thank you!

Some History –

In 1835, John Warner Barber rode into Norfolk on the Greenwoods Turnpike to sketch a view of the village for his book Connecticut Historical Collections. Barber described Norfolk as “a village uncommonly neat and beautiful.” As in many towns, the steepled church was an iconic part of the New England landscape.  The artist Thomas Cole described that landscape in his Essay on American Scenery: “from yonder dark mass of foliage the village spire beams like a star.”

Designed in 1813 by David Hoadley, a master builder of outstanding skill, the church soon garnered state-wide recognition. Hoadley’s elegant steeple rises from a square clock tower in two octagonal stages capped by balustrades and a tall spire. The graceful modulation of scale reflects a refined sense of proportion, an important and meaningful component of design when it was built. On its elevated site, the new church with its distinctive steeple was a commanding presence in Norfolk, a beacon of light, and placed the town on the architectural map.