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With four services every Sunday and situated in Boston?s Back Bay, the Trinity Church (Boston) is the home of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts established in 1733 and currently with a member base of around 3,000 households. This is the second church built for the congregation as the original one was destroyed in a fire. The development of the new church was spearheaded by Philips Brooks who was one of the most compelling and influential evangelists of his time.

The Trinity Church in the City of Boston took five years to complete and was conceived by Henry Hobson Richardson including the parish house. The church?s blueprint is an altered Greek Cross with the four appendage of the cross reaching outwards from a tower found at the middle of the church which towers at the height of 211 feet tall. Since the church was built on an area that is a former muddy swamp, Richardson created a foundation of 4,500 wooden columns each hammered through 30 feet of a mix of clay, gravel fill and silt. These wooden posts are always wet to avoid the rotting of the foundation when exposed to air. The Trinity Church established Richardson?s reputation as a church architect and this particular place of worship serves as the prime example of the Richardsonian Romanesque aesthetic typified by a central high tower, coarse stones, clay rooftop, heavy arches and multiple colored exteriors.

The mural painted on the interior walls of the Trinity Church spans an area of 21,500 square feet and was done entirely by John La Farge. The church is also embellished with windows made of layers of opalescent glass. Aside from La Farge?s beautiful mural, the church also holds statues carved by Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Daniel Chester French.

The vision of the people which gave birth to the majestic Trinity Church earned it numerous praises. In fact, it is the only structure in Boston and the sole church in the United States that has been included ?Ten Most Significant Buildings in the United States? which is determined by the American Institute of Architects. It ranked one in the list in 1885 and is the only structure from the said era to remain in the top ten.

The Trinity Church in the City of Boston was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1970.
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