Third Reformed Church - Holland, MI
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N 42° 47.187 W 086° 06.715
16T E 572636 N 4737483
Quick Description: The Third Reformed Church was organized on September 9, 1867, under the leadership of Dr. Albertus C. Van Raalte, founder of the city of Holland, Michigan, and pastor of the First Reformed Church.
Location: Michigan, United States
Date Posted: 1/4/2015 11:10:39 AM
Waymark Code: WMN6G5
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Weathervane
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Long Description:
Considering it necessary to have a Reformed Church in the “western” part of the city, he gave four lots as a site for a new church, and members of the First Reformed Church who lived west of Market Street (Central Avenue) became the nucleus of the new congregation. Although this new church was Holland’s second Dutch-immigrant congregation affiliated with the Reformed Church, it was called “Third” Reformed Church because Hope Reformed Church, a non-immigrant English-speaking congregation, had been founded in 1862.

With financial help of many donors in the East and the Middle West, the present structure was completed in November of 1874. The building underwent extensive restoration as part of the centennial celebration of 1967 and 1968.

Isaac Cappon, who served on the first consistory, was the first mayor of Holland in 1867 and the first president of the school board in 1874.

Third Church was the first Dutch-immigrant church in the city to use the English language exclusively in its worship services.

The Third Church building is a handsome and aesthetically pleasing variant of this nineteenth-century Gothic known as carpenters’ Gothic. The liturgical furniture is not original to the construction of 1874 but was placed there in 1952. The furniture comes from St. Nicholas Collegiate Church in New York City. The pulpit was commissioned by Mrs. Robert Todd Lincoln daughter-in-law of President Abraham Lincoln. The Robert Sipe organ, installed in the balcony in 1982 is the third organ in use by the church.
Reformed or Congregational Denomination: Reformed Church in America

Associated Website: [Web Link]

Status: Active House of Worship

111 West 13th Street
Holland, MI USA

Date of Construction or Event Occurrence: 11/1/1874

Architect: John R. Kleyn

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