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Trinity Church: Revolutionary Church in Copley Square (2-Part Series)

Wednesday, January 3, 2024 & Wednesday January 10, 2024

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Tour Description

You have probably passed Trinity Church in Copley Square scores of times, but have you ever thought of this building as being revolutionary?

In this 2-part series, explore with us how the building of Trinity Church in the mid-1870’s was indeed revolutionary and brought about a sea change in American architecture and the decoration of public buildings.

Wednesday, January 3rd: Trinity’s Architecture

The young, French-trained architect, Henry Hobson Richardson, threw aside the conventional and created a rational, honest, and monumental offering which became his signature style and became widely popular. Richardson drew inspiration from the 10th and 11th century Romanesque architecture of central France while at the same time remained focused on meeting the functional needs of the church and its new, Boston- born leader, Phillips Brooks.

Wednesday, January 10th: John La Farge’s Decorative Program

Working closely with Richardson and Brooks, John La Farge, the artist and decorator, created a unified and dynamic program of decorative painting which integrated with and enhanced Trinity Church’s architecture. His use of large-scale murals influenced how buildings were decorated for the next several generations. LaFarge also went on to change everything in the art of stained glass, leaving traditional medieval techniques and materials behind and creating an entirely new era in the medium.

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“I honestly have not had much interest in American Revolutionary history, but I found myself drawn in by our guide's wealth of knowledge and obvious love of history. He was a fantastic, knowledgeable and humorous guide. He really made the history come alive. I'd choose any tour he offers for our next round of out of town visitors.”
— Cambridge, MA