When Pittsfield's leaders decided to raze the original meeting house in 1793, architect Charles Bulfinch was called in to design it. The city would build a new meeting house on the property of John Chandler Williams (part of deal made to save the Pittsfield Elm) and the meeting house became a church instead.

The original structure of Pittsfield’s Bulfinch Church had an open cupola belfry, which was one of the first of its kind in New England. The Bulfinch Church served the First Church of Christ Congregation until 1851, when the building caught fire. Although the fire was contained to part of the interior, the congregation voted to replace it with a stone building.

The Bulfinch Church was sold and moved to the corner of North Street and Maplewood Avenue, where it became the Maplewood Girls Institute. It was torn down in 1939, after being deemed a fire hazard.

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Jennifer Huberdeau is The Eagle's features editor. Prior to The Eagle, she worked at The North Adams Transcript. She is a 2021 Rabkin Award Winner, 2020 New England First Amendment Institute Fellow and a 2010 BCBS Health Care Fellow.