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St. Theresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church

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1929–1930 exterior; 1941–1948 interior, Maginnis and Walsh. 2078 Centre St., West Roxbury.
  • St. Theresa of Avila Roman Catholic Church (Keith Morgan)

Originally intended for the chapel at Boston College (NW2), the English Gothic design of St. Theresa of Avila, built of limestone-trimmed puddingstone with a dominant left corner tower, resembles, on the interior, the Chapel of King Henry VII, Westminster Abbey, London. The stained glass windows by Boston designer William Herbert Burnham depict American Catholic scenes, such as Mother Elizabeth Seton, with a red brick schoolhouse in the background to commemorate her contribution to Catholic education. As an example of Maginnis's close collaboration with clients, the Reverend Charles A. Donahue helped design the simple Italian marble altars and reredos with incised gold leaf figures and a crucifix sculpted by Angelo Lualdi.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "St. Theresa of Avila Roman Catholic 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, 272-273.

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