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Exterior - Trinity Church in the City of Boston
206 Clarendon Street, Boston, MA 02116
|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.
||Frederick Law Olmsted|
|Exterior building material:
||Massachusetts and New Hampshire granite.
Facade / West elevation
Polychromy ... Crockets on terra cotta roof ... Paired corner belfries
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
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.
Four figures to left of entrance
Water carriers to right of entrance
Mary, Elizabeth and Anna in arcaded niches
Bead-and-reel ... Ivy ... Baptism of Jesus
St. Mark icon: winged lion
St. Matthew icon: winged man
The church is reflected in I.M. Pei’s modern Hancock Tower, its neighbor on Copley Square.