Photographer. Trinity Church, Boston, ca. 1877-ca.
1890. Albumen print
photograph. 15/5/3090.00237. Andrew Dickson White Architectural
Photographs Collection, Division of Rare and Manuscript
Collections, Cornell University Library.
Trinity Church, 1872-77, the general vertical massing and polychromy
revealed traces of High Victorian Gothic, but the strong geometric
order and the French Romanesque ornament motifs were new. The
tower would have been taller and more inventive, but structural
problems due to the spongy soil of Bostons Back Bay necessitated
a shorter tower. It was decided to pattern the lantern of the
tower after that of the Cathedral of Salamanca, Spain, so that
to many observers it seemed that Richardson had added a new style
to the repertoire already in use, and that he had made reference
to specific historic monuments especially desirable. Such a revivalist
assessment, however, completely missed the continuity and unity
based on a carefully studied plan that were Richardsons
most important contributions. (Source: Leland M. Roth. A
Concise History of American Architecture. p164-5).
Trinity Church Parish House appears to the left of the image.
Two towers designed by Hugh Shepley after Richardsons death
were added to Trinity Church in the 1890s. Since those towers
do not appear in this image, we can date the photograph before