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St. John the Evangelist Greek Orthodox Church (South Congregational Church, Temple Ohabei Shalom)

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South Congregational Church, Temple Ohabei Shalom
1861–1862, Nathaniel J. Bradlee. 15 Union Park St.

Emblematic of cultural change in the South End, this structure was built for the South Congregational Church in 1861–1862, sold to Ohabei Shalom Synagogue in 1887, and converted for St. John the Evangelist Greek Orthodox Church in 1928. The T-shaped building is constructed of red brick with granite and wooden trim. The double-arched windows and corbeled cornices of the side elevations characterize the Romanesque Revival style, popular with Congregationalists at midcentury. A strong pedimented facade with paired monumental pilasters at the corners was originally counterpointed by the right corner tower with circular steeple (now demolished). Noted theologian and author Edward Everett Hale was minister of South Congregational Church at the time of its dedication. Temple Ohabei Shalom added the stained glass window of Old Testament themes, and the Greek Orthodox church inserted Byzantine-style mosaics in the upper windows of the entrance facade and on the interior.

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Author: 
Keith N. Morgan
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Keith N. Morgan, "St. John the Evangelist Greek Orthodox Church (South Congregational Church, Temple Ohabei Shalom)", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MA-01-SE8.

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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, 134-135.

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