Friday, May 23, 2008

Congregational House

The Boston Globe had an interesting article in last Friday's paper on the Congregational House at 14 Beacon Street, next to the Boston Athenaeum, which is up for sale. I had no idea the building held such an interesting archive on artifacts, such as the ledger in which the baptism of Benjamin Franklin is recorded and the oak beams of the church in England that the Pilgrims left. Hollywood has used the exterior of the building as the home of the law firms in both Ally McBeal and A Civil Action.

I've only noticed the fantastic bas-reliefs on the outside of the building. According to the article, they depict the Pilgrim and Puritan ideals of law, faith, education, and evangelism. Here are some pictures I took a few weeks ago of the exterior.

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