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By July 8, 2014 Read More →

Finial Notice

Finial from Unitarian Church, Peterborough, NHIs it a sculpture? A giant urn? Something to put in your garden? No, this unusual object is a finial from the steeple of Peterborough’s Unitarian Church. The church steeple features four of these Baroque style decorations.  The five-foot tall finial is wood painted to look like marble.

This finial was found in basement of the Monadnock Center during a 1970 restoration of the steeple.  The finials are original to the church, based on a design in Asher Benjamin’s American Builders Companion published in 1820, but it is not clear if this finial is one of the original four or a later replacement.  The steeple dates back to the church’s construction in the 1820’s. The church bell was installed until 1841 and the clock was added in 1856.


Peterborough craftsmen Richard C. Johnson replicated the finial and four reproductions were set in place on December 22, 1970.