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St. James Episcopal Church

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1888, Henry H. Congdon. 1991 Massachusetts Ave.
  • St. James Episcopal Church (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)

Set at a prominent corner, St. James claims landmark status through its flamboyant polychromy of brick-trimmed stonework and its complex massing. New York architect Henry H. Condon provided the designs for a permanent building for this church, founded in 1864. A Latin cross plan broadened by wide aisles, the church is somewhat suggestive of H. H. Richardson's Romanesque Revival Trinity Church in Boston (BB37), in its square tower and pyramidal massing. The adjacent North Cambridge Fire Station (1896, 2029 Massachusetts Avenue), a restrained but lively Renaissance Revival exercise in red brick by Aaron H. Gould, reinforces this urban node.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "St. James Episcopal Church", [Cambridge, 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, 359-360.

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