Boston Bylanes

Exploring Boston's hidden sights and sounds

A 230-year-old History

Posted by Yoshita Singh on June 29, 2010


The First Baptist Church in Newton was founded in 1780 on the banks of the Baptist Pond, which is now the Crystal Lake. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, which is a list of historical places in the country that should be preserved. It is a fine example of late Victorian Richardsonian Romanesque architecture.


The church was designed by Boston architect John Lyman Faxon. Its bell tower has an 11-bell chime, built in memory of the church’s minister Reverend Samuel Smith, author of the hymn ‘America.’


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