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Mount Vernon Church, Boston

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Mount Vernon Church, Boston

Mount Vernon Church (established 1842) in Boston, Massachusetts, was a Congregational church located on Beacon Hill (1844-1891) and later in Back Bay (1892-1977).[2]


Beacon Hill, 1844-1891

Church pastors included Edward Norris Kirk (pastor 1842-1874);[3][4] and Samuel Edward Herrick (pastor 1871-1904).[5][6] Congregants included Dwight L. Moody and Daniel Safford.[7] In the 1850s some of the congregation formed the Mount Vernon Association of Young Men.[8]

In 1893 after the Tremont Temple burned down, its Baptist congregation held services in the Mt. Vernon Church building, recently vacated by the Mt. Vernon congregation.[9]

Back Bay, 1892-1977

Around 1892 C. Howard Walker designed the new church building[10][11] in the Back Bay, on the corner of Beacon Street and Massachusetts Avenue. It included stained glass windows made by John LaFarge.[12] Church pastors included Herrick (until 1904), and Carl Heath Kopf (pastor 1933-1948).[13]

A fire in 1978 destroyed the church building. In 1983 the remains were remodelled by architect Graham Gund as the "Church Court Condominiums."[14]



Further reading

  • The confession of faith and covenant of the Mount Vernon Congregational Church in Boston, Mass.; organized June 1, 1842. Boston: T.R. Marvin, 1852.
  • Pauline Holmes, One Hundred Years of Mount Vernon Church, 1842-1942 (Boston, 1942)
  • P. A. M. Taylor. A Beacon Hill Domestic: The Diary of Lorenza Stevens Berbineau. Proceedings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, Third Series, Vol. 98 (1986), pp.90-115. Lorenza attended the church in the 1850s-1860s.

External links

  • Congregational Library, Boston. Mount Vernon Congregational Church. Records, 1842-1970
  • Historical Sketch (1844)
  • Flickr. Images related to church
  • Flickr. Church Court condos, 2008
  • Flickr. Church Court condos, 2010
  • Flickr. Church Court condos, 2010
  • Flickr. Church Court condos, 2010

Coordinates: 42°21′32.7″N 71°3′44.57″W / 42.359083°N 71.0623806°W / 42.359083; -71.0623806

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