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Trinity Church in the City of Boston

 
 
Trinity Church in the City of Boston Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 13, 2021
1. Trinity Church in the City of Boston Marker
Note the cherubs on the wallpaper behind the marker and mentioned in its text.
Inscription.  

Trinity Church in the City of Boston
This bronze tablet offers a rendering of the second building of Trinity Church erected on this site in 1829.

1734
As the third Anglican parish in Pre-Revolutionary Boston, the founders of Trinity Church gathered at this corner in a wood-framed structure of 5,400 square feet. In contrast to its plain Colonial style exterior without tower or steeple, the interior is reputed to have been richly decorated with carved Corinthian pillars and fine paintings. The sole artifacts to have survived from this building are four oil paintings of cherubs, two of which have been reinterpreted to create the background wallpaper for this display.

1829
The work of architect George W. Brimmer, a Trinity parishioner, this early Gothic Revival creation was destroyed in the Great Fire that swept through 63 acres of downtown Boston in 1872. The burgeoning Episcopal parish, then led by the nationally-celebrated preacher Phillips Brooks, had two years earlier voted to leave this business-dominated district and relocate to the newly laid out, residential Back Bay neighborhood.
Trinity Church in the City of Boston Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 13, 2021
2. Trinity Church in the City of Boston Marker
The marker is below the 1952 Trinity Church Marker, both housed in a protective display.
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1877
Shown here from the southeast is the masterful and celebrated New Renaissance structure designed under the leadership of Phillips Brooks by the then young architects Henry Hobson Richardson. The first building to be branded Richardsonian Romanesque, Trinity Church has been considered one of the top ten buildings in America every eyear since its completion. The church’s imposing presence that dominates Copley Square continues to house and serve a large and dynamic Episcopal parish.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionColonial EraDisasters. A significant historical year for this entry is 1829.
 
Location. 42° 21.315′ N, 71° 3.595′ W. Marker is in Boston, Massachusetts, in Suffolk County. Marker is on Summer Street east of Washington Street, on the left when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Boston MA 02110, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Trinity Church (here, next to this marker); Jordan Marsh (within shouting distance of this marker); Beginning of Jordan Marsh (within shouting distance of this marker); Birthplace of Ralph Waldo Emerson (within shouting distance of this marker); The Hull Mint (within shouting distance of this marker); Franklin Place (about 300 feet
Former Site of Trinity Church of Boston image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, June 16, 2021
3. Former Site of Trinity Church of Boston
This view is looking roughly east down Winter and Summer Streets.
away, measured in a direct line); The Gerrymander (about 400 feet away); Samuel Adams House Site (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Boston.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 10, 2021. It was originally submitted on June 28, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 72 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 28, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   3. submitted on July 10, 2021, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.

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