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Church Green Building

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1873, Emerson and Fehmer. 105–113 Summer St.
  • Church Green Building (Keith Morgan)

Facing what was known as Church Green, after a Bulfinch-designed church that stood on this site, the Church Green Building was one of the first to be erected in the months that followed the November 1872 fire, and its sparse ornament is probably a reflction of the need to rebuild the burnt district quickly. Emerson and Fehmer developed a vocabulary of Néo-Grec ornament for granite, a stone that is hard and, therefore, expensive to work. Their characteristic treatment consisted of incised ornament, giving the merchants an economical yet stylish design where granite as a fireresistant material was desired. The Church Green Building, erected for the Faxon family, is one of the best preserved examples of this firm's work in the Financial District.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "Church Green Building", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 71-71.

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