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St. Anthony of Padua

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1894, Franz Joseph Untersee. 43 Holton St.
  • St. Anthony of Padua (Keith Morgan)

Franz Joseph Untersee (1858–1927), a Swiss architect trained at the University of Stuttgart in Germany, designed St. Anthony of Padua for the overflow from the growing Irish parish of St. Columbkille's (established in 1871) on Market Street. As an advocate of the German Romanesque Revival (Rundbogenstil) for ecclesiastical buildings, Untersee influenced Boston Catholic architects such as Patrick W. Ford and Charles D. Maginnis. Maginnis relied on the triple-arched facade of St. Anthony's for his nearby St. John's Seminary (AB5) chapel, 1899–1901. The imposing St. Anthony's church complex, with its rectory, school, and convent, dominates the residential Allston neighborhood, which served the blue-collar class in the late nineteenth century.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan

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