Massachusetts Historical Commission - 2008 Preservation Award Winners
Trinity Church • Boston
Trinity Church  Boston

Rehabilitation & Restoration

Trinity Church is among the most celebrated of architect H.H. Richardson’s buildings. Constructed in the 1870s and designed in the Romanesque style for which Richardson is most well known, Trinity Church serves a large Episcopalian congregation and receives thousands of tourist visitors each year. The magnificent church has a massive, rough-stone exterior and an open-plan interior that showcases the artisanship of famous muralist and stained glass artist John La Farge. A National Historic Landmark, Trinity Church is a significant icon in Boston history.

Over 125 years of use amid a busy urban setting left the interior and exterior of the building in need of restoration. The recent rehabilitation project restored many important aspects of the building and incorporated new technology and designs in others. Conservators and decorative painters carefully cleaned and restored the La Farge murals and restored ten stained glass windows. The central tower’s roof, stonework, and trim were repaired; the masonry workers resourcefully used original stones found under the church’s west porch. This project also created 13,000 square feet of new, usable space in the church’s undercroft to house church activities, incorporating a bold use of a contemporary style of stained glass. Finally, six geothermal wells were installed creating a state-of-the-art heating and cooling system. This careful and innovative restoration project ensures the continued prominence of Trinity Church as a state and national landmark.

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