This church was built in 1848 for the North Congregational Parish. The parish sold the property in 1871 for $46,000 and built its more well-known church at the corner of Salem and Elliott Streets. This church was demolished to build the Kinsman Block.
This church once stood at the corner of White and Orange Streets. I identified the photo in two ways; first, the sender of this postcard mentioned that she lived at 175 White St., and that the church was across the street. Second, she mentioned that Mr. Means was the preacher, and a check of the 1910 city directory confirms that Mr. Means was the pastor of Emmanuel Congregational Church.
This is a rare image; most views that I have seen of this church have been from the side, probably because there was no place from which to take a front-facing photo due to buildings opposite it. This photo must have been taken when no building existed on the lot across the street.
Here is another view of the church.
This church was built sometime in the later 1880's. It is not listed in King's Handbook of Springfield, published in 1884, but is pictured in the 1891 publication Picturesque Hampden. The previous location for this congregation was on Main St., on the corner of Harrison Ave.
This is a picture from the 1870s.