Arts, Culture, and Humanities

Readfield Union Meeting House Company

  • Readfield, ME

Mission Statement

For those who have interest in or wish to support efforts to restore and preserve The Readfield Union Meeting House, a cultural landmark, for future generations of Readfield residents, Maine citizens and visitors from other states.

Main Programs

  1. Readfield Union Meeting House Capital Fund Drive
Service Areas

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Maine

The Union Meeting House boasts one of the finest examples of Trompe l'oeil Art, as practiced in mid-nineteenth century America. The Union Meeting House is located in Readfield, Maine a small rural community a few miles from Maine's state capital of Augusta.

ruling year

1999

Principal Officer

Self-reported

Mr. Marius B. Peladeau Board President

Keywords

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Trompe' loeil

Also Known As

Readfield Union Meeting House

EIN

01-0393119

 Number

4593115995

Physical Address

22 Church Road

Readfield, ME 04355

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Programs + Results

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Overview

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Architectural historians, scholars specializing in old buildings and the proverbial man or woman on the street can recognize that the Union Meeting House stands out from all other similar religious buildings they have visited. When it was placed on The National Register of Historic Places it was called "a handsome late Federal style brick church unusally refined for such a rural context."But when one enters, it is the interiors - the sanctuary, apse and choir loft that makes people say "wow". Yes people can travel to Pompeii or Italy or to the great cathedrals of France, Germany and Austria and see examples of Trompe l'oeil murals. But why spend all that time and money when one of the finest examples of the art, as practiced in mid-nineteenth century America, can be found in Readfield, a small rural community a few miles from Maine's state capital of Augusta? For both the classic exterior and the striking interior the "Brick Church" was placed on The National Register of Historic Places in 1982.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Readfield Union Meeting House Capital Fund Drive

The only source of income has been a dedicated group of volunteers who, for the past 60 years, have worked with the Board of Directors to raise funds for ongoing maintenance. In recent years the income has not been sufficient to undertake needed repairs. We are inaugurating a membership program and initiating a capital fund drive to build an endowment to preserve Union Meeting House.

Category

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Population(s) Served

Adults

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$500,000.00

Service Areas

Self-reported

Maine

The Union Meeting House boasts one of the finest examples of Trompe l'oeil Art, as practiced in mid-nineteenth century America. The Union Meeting House is located in Readfield, Maine a small rural community a few miles from Maine's state capital of Augusta.

Funding Needs

A Capital Fund Drive has been launched. In order to make the necessary restorations and repairs $500,000 must be raised. Some of the work has been donated as gift in kind - such as civil engineer Doug Riley who examined the foundation; and ATL Tree Service who spent several days trimming trees that were growing too close to the building. Torsey United Methodist Church, Readfield Community Library and Kents Hill School provided volunteers to do spring clean up on the grounds, plant flowers and prepare the Capital Fund Drive  mailing. Many hands and hearts are gathering to contibute in ways such as this. But we also need financial support through memberships and donations. Won't you join in and help support this grand effort?

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Readfield Union Meeting House Company

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Principal Officer

Mr. Marius B. Peladeau Board President

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Marius B. Peladeau President

Farnsworth Library and Art Museum, director retired

Term: 2009 -

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