Thursday, November 25, 2010

Saint Stephen's Church, Boston

Boston's North End is packed with historic monuments. One is Saint Stephens Church, the only church building designed by the famous Charles Bulfinch still standing in Boston.

Saint Stephen's is today a Roman Catholic church serving the large Italian American community that makes up the majority of those living in the oldest part of the city.

As most of the buildings here, it is not the first one occupying the site. A few number of memorial plaques tells the long history of the site spanning three centuries. Not many American cities can show such a long continuing use of a city area.

Here are what the memorial plaques tells us of events and people connected to the site where Saint Stephens Church is standing today. I will let the plaques tell in their own words inscribed on them.

COMMEMORATIVE PLAQUE PLACED BY THE CITY OF BOSTON 1930


ON THIS SITE WAS ERECTED
IN 1716
THE NEW NORTH MEETING HOUSE
THE SECOND CHURCH
IN THE NORTH END OF BOSTON
ENLARGED IN 1730, REBUILT IN 1802
FROM THE DESIGN OF CHARLES BULFINCH




ST STEPHEN'S CHURCH

THE FIRST BUILDING ON THIS SITE WAS
THE NEW NORTH MEETING HOUSE
ERECTED IN 1714 AND ENLARGED IN 1730






AT THE REQUEST OF GENERAL WASHINGTON MARCH 28TH 1776
IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING THE EVACUATION OF THE CITY OF BOSTON BY THE BRITISH
THE REVEREND ANDREW ELIOT THEN MINISTER
PREACHED A SERMON OF THANKSGIVING
"IN THE PRESENCE OF HIS EXCELLENCY AND A RESPECTABLE AUDIENCE"
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THE PRESENT BUILDING WAS DESIGNED BY
CHARLES BULFINCH IN 1802
AND ITS BELL WAS CAST BY PAUL REVERE
IT WAS ENLARGED AN REDEDICATED AS
ST STEPHEN'S CHURCH
UNDER THE REVEREND GEORGE FOXCROFT HASKINS
FOUNDER OF "THE HOUSE OF ANGEL GUARDIAN" FOR BOYS

St. Stephen's Church

The North End's changing ethnic and religious groups have always had a god friend in St. Stephen's Church. Originally called "New North" (to distinguish it from "Old North"), it was founded by "seventeen substantial mechaniks" as a Congregational parish before the Revolution. It was Unitarian when Charles Bulfinch designed the present building in 1804 and 58 years later when the North End was mostly Irish it was given a new identity and its new name. This is the only Bulfinch church still standing in Boston


St. Stephen's Church
Boston, Mass.

ROSE FITZGERALD KENNEDY
July 22, 1890 - January 22, 1995
Baptized July 23 1890
A Mass of the Resurrection January 24, 1994
"..... the most important element in the human life is faith"
Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
In the memory of Our Founder - Ace of Clubs

More buildings designed by Charles Bulfinch on this site

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