St. Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, Boston

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St. Stephen's Church, formerly the New North Church, is a Roman Catholic church located at 401 Hanover Street in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts. It is the last remaining church in Boston designed by Charles Bulfinch.Design and constructionThe church, made of red brick with white pilasters on the façade and topped by a clock tower and a belfry, was originally designed as the second edifice of the New North Religious Society, a Congregationalist group. Its cornerstone was laid on September 23, 1802, and the building dedicated on May 2, 1804. Three days later the Columbian Centinel wrote:Bulfinch’s specifications show that the church was designed nearly square, with inside dimensions of 70’ (length) x 72’. A transverse section exhibits roof framing similar to that of Holy Cross Church. Some of the timber of the old church (built 1714, rebuilt 1730) was used, and when the Bulfinch building was restored in 1964-65, the underpinning was found to be entirely sound. However, the roof was less skillfully constructed, and severe leakage was arrested only after the pitch was sharpened and the whole covered with imported slate a few years after dedication.The church cost $26,570, nearly all of which was raised by the sale of pews. Charles Shaw judged it “a commodious brick building”, while William Bentley, who thought it took too long to build, nevertheless commended its “good style”.
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  • Created in 1714 as a Protestant church it was acquired by the Archdiocese of Boston in 1862 and was given the current name. It is a Roman Catholic church and was named Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy and was also made there the mortal responsibility. There is a memorial plaque to Ann Glover who was hung near that place because of her Catholic faith.
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  • The St. Stephens Church building is on Hanover Street in the North End of Boston. It is along the Freedom Trail across from the Statue of Paul Revere in the Paul Revere Mall. The building dates back t...  more »
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  • This is probably the coolest photo I have taken. The church alleyway is on Battery Street before Hanover. So a block or two from St. Stephens.
  • Absolutely stunning church.. I love it.

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