Just like the Boston Public Library, you may pass Trinity Church in Copley Square on a daily basis without ever thinking about stepping inside. There are many reasons for you to visit - too numerous to list here. I will however share two of them - architecture and stained glass windows.
Architecture. Trinity Church was the birthplace of a new architectural style known as Richardsonian Romanesque named after architect Henry Hobson Richardson. Characteristics of this style include a large central tower, polychromatic rough stone, and heavy arches. This style became so popular that it was used as a basis for a number of public buildings in the United States. It was also the first American architectural style imitated in Europe and Canada.
- Visit the website to find more information about taking a tour. My tour was with docent Anulfo Baez, who has volunteered at Trinity Church for the past four years. His tour was informative with a keen eye to the art and architecture.
- Visit the basement. Not only is the remodeled basement the location of a gift shop, classrooms and other offices, it also highlights the architectural and structural engineering feats the church overcame to be built in Back Bay. You can get a small glimpse of the stone foundation which supports the four large pillars in the church.
- Keep your tour booklet and visitor's tag. These will allow you to gain re-entry. Be sure to come back as La Farge's largest stained glass piece, Christ in Majesty (pictured above), is soon to be re-installed. At the time of my visit, it was offsite for a cleaning and light restoration work.
- Attend a Friday afternoon organ concert. The acoustics in the church were built for music. Concerts are free every Friday from 12:30 to 1pm. Seating is limited so plan ahead.
Image Credits - Image of Christ in Majesty borrowed from http://nbmaa.wordpress.com/2010/02/12/collection-highlights-lady-of-shallot-by-john-lafarge/