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St. Stephen's Church (New North Church)

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New North Church
1804, Charles Bulfinch. Hanover St. between Clark and Harris sts./25 Clark St.
  • St. Stephen's Church (New North Church) (Peter Vanderwarker or Antonina Smith)
  • S_ 2493 (Damie Stillman)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • S_ 2497 (Damie Stillman)
  • S_ 2498 (Damie Stillman)

Charles Bulfinch designed New North Church (his only surviving Boston church) as an urban congregational meetinghouse. Rectangular in plan, the brick building is fronted by a projecting three-bay pavilion surmounted by an open belfry. The Corinthian on Doric colonnades that support the balconies and ceiling enliven the low-arched plain interior. In 1862, the Roman Catholic diocese purchased the building and renamed it St. Stephen's Church, reflecting the demographic change of Irish Catholics flooding into the North End. Altered, moved, and repaired on many occasions, the current structure is the result of a 1964–1965 restoration sponsored by Richard Cardinal Cushing.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "St. Stephen's Church (New North Church)", [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, 92-92.

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