The First Meeting House was located at 27 East Street from 1764-1793. When the town’s growing population needed a larger gathering place, the town commissioned famed architect Thomas Bulfinch to design Bulfinch Church as an alternative. Before the long-awaited new building opened, the town passed the “Broken Window Bylaw” that stated, “Be it ordained by the said Inhabitants that no Person, an Inhabitant of said Town, shall be permitted to play at any Game called Wicket, Cricket, Base ball, Bat ball, Foot ball, Cat, Fives or any other Game or Games with Balls within the Distance of Eighty Yards from said Meeting House…” This stands as the earliest known written mention of the game of baseball anywhere in the United States, enabling Pittsfield to lay claim to the title of birthplace of our nation’s past-time.