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Most Holy Trinity Church

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1872–1877, Patrick C. Keely. 140 Shawmut Ave.

Most Holy Trinity Church served the growing German immigrant population whose numbers reached almost eleven thousand by 1900. The severe gray granite exterior of this church contrasts with the vibrant figural ornamentation that enhances the Gothic interior. The stained glass windows contain patron saints such as Killian Reiser of the Jesuit Order that oversaw the parish until 1961, by which time the original German community had migrated to the suburbs. Between each of the windows, wooden life-size statues of saints, sculpted and polychromed by a “Meister Goetting,” the master woodcarver of the Cathedral of Aachen, Germany, are placed in Gothic niches above deeply carved Stations of the Cross. The traditional decoration with its original communion rail and altar made it a natural choice for designation in 1990 as host church to the Mass in Latin.

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Keith N. Morgan
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Keith N. Morgan, "Most Holy Trinity Church", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MA-01-SE9.

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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, 135-135.

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