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Octagon Church, Boston

Pattern Category: Places

Series: Beauties of America

Object Type: Dinner and Dessert Wares


  • Height: 4.875 inches
  • Length: 12.5 inches
  • Width: 10.25 inches


This pierced two handled bowl, which would have a matching under tray, shows Ridgway's view of this church.  The building was the new South Unitarian Church designed by Bulfinch and dedicated in 1814.  It stood on the green between Summer and Bedford streets on the site of the old church.  Octagon Church as indicated by its name was an eight-sided granite building and the first section of its six-tiered steeple was also octagonal. The structure was torn down in 1868.

Stevenson produced a similar view of this building in his Acorn and Oak Leaves Border Series.