A study of the architectural and historical evolution of meeting house and Congregational Church in New England from the 17th century through about the first third of the 19th century to 1830 (thus allowing for a consideration of the Greek Revival period) is also a study of the Puritans themselves. For the history of the New England meeting house, the author notes ""is the history of a community"". Here are general remarks on periods, specific notes as to some 512 edifices, 200 in the main text and the rest in the appendix, with 225 illustrations. The text include comments on the ministers and parishioners of the buildings. To fill a New England Americana niche.