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Exterior -
Trinity Church in the City of Boston
206 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116
Official Website

Date: 1872-77

Architect:

H. H. Richardson
The Trinity parish was originally founded in 1733 in downtown Boston. In 1870, Phillips Brooks, the Parish Rector from 1869–1891, selected Henry Hobson Richardson, his classmate at Harvard, as the architect for a new church building. Construction began in 1873 after the original site burned down in the Boston Fire in 1872.
Landscape architect:
Frederick Law Olmsted

Style:

Richardsonian Romanesque
Exterior building material:
Massachusetts and New Hampshire granite.


Facade / West elevation








Polychromy ... Crockets on terra cotta roof ... Paired corner belfries






Arcades



Contrasting colors in Romanesque billet pattern



Winged demon gargoyles ... Louvers indicate a belfry



Chevron molding .. Voussoirs ... Foliated  capitals (details in next photo below) ... Greek cross



Foliated  capitals



Main entrance



Prophet Isaiah ... Four figures to left of entrance ... Water carriers to right of entrance ... St. Matthew ...  Mary, Elizabeth and Anna in arcaded niches ...  Saint Mark ... Baptism of Jesus ... Three medallions below columns.
Details below:



Prophet Isaiah



Four figures to left of entrance



Water carriers to right of entrance



St. Matthew



Mary, Elizabeth and Anna in arcaded niches



Saint Mark



Bead-and-reel ... Ivy ...  Baptism of Jesus



St. Mark icon: winged lion



St. Matthew icon: winged man



Trinity icon




The church is reflected in I.M. Pei’s modern Hancock Tower, its neighbor on Copley Square.



Photos and their arrangement 2013 Chuck LaChiusa
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