31 in 31 of your Favorite Buildings in Boston: #28

Old South Meeting House, Washington Street at Milk Street, Boston, MA 02108

Joshua Blanchard, builder, 1729

I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series.

About the Old South Meeting Church:

The Old South Meeting House in Downtown Crossing is Boston’s second oldest church after Old North Church in the North End. The Old South Meeting House is said to be one of the first buildings in the city to be saved from the wrecking ball, prior to being saved by ardent preservationists, the Meeting House narrowly escaped the Boston fire of 1872 which burned to the ground many of Downtown Boston’s commercial buildings. It is one of the most historically significant buildings in Boston based on Christopher Wren’s designs.

Photo: Historic American Buildings Survey

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  1. What differentiates Old South Meeting House from Old North Church is the interior layout: Old North has rows of pews regimentally advancing toward the pulpit and the chancel, emphasizing the minister as leader and God’s spokesman, but Old South’s seating is arranged on three sides around the central pulpit to encourage democracy in the congregation (a “meeting house,” not a “church”). Phillips Brooks and H.H. Richardson adapted this democratic meeting house model for Trinity Church in Copley Square. Also, it was in Old South Meeting House that Samuel Adams rallied the Sons of Liberty into action prior to their rush to Boston Harbor to stage the Boston Tea Party on Dec. 16, 1773.

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