|1807 Boston - Trinity Church mirroring in John Hancock Tower's glass facade.|
Located in Copley Square in Back Bay, Trinity Church was built between 1872 and 1877 after the plans of Henry Hobson Richardson, under the direction of Rector Phillips Brooks (1835-1893), one of the best-known and most charismatic preachers of his time. It is the birthplace and archetype of the Richardsonian Romanesque style, characterized by a clay roof, polychromy, rough stone, heavy arches, and a massive tower. This style was soon adopted for a number of public buildings across the United States.
|1808 Boston - The sanctuary at Trinity Church.|
The building's plan is a modified Greek Cross with four arms extending outwards from the central tower, which stands 64m tall. Having been built in Boston's Back Bay, which was originally a mud flat, Trinity rests on some 4500 wooden piles, each driven through 10m of gravel fill, silt, and clay, and constantly wetted by the water table of the Back Bay so they do not rot if exposed to air. Its interior murals were completed by John La Farge, who also executed four windows, the another four being designed by Edward Burne-Jones and executed by William Morris. The church also houses sculptures by Daniel Chester French and Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
About the stamps
On the postcard 1807
The first stamp is part of the Wedding series, about which I wrote here. The second stamp, issued to mark the 100th anniversary of Rosa Parks' birth, is the last of three stamps issued in 2013 as part of a civil rights series commemorating courage, strength and equality in America, about which I wrote here.
On the postcard 1808
The stamp is a Global Forever First-Class Mail International one, about which I wrote here.
Trinity Church (Boston) - Wikipedia
Sender 1807, 1808: Denise
1807, 1808: Sent from Greenvale (New York / United States), on 06.01.2014
1807: Charles A. Meyer / 1989
1808: Richard Check / 1976