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Lady of Perpetual Help

I walk by this Church everyday on Tremont Street. Thought of stopping by yesterday and finding out more about this eponymous landmark building that dominates the skyline of the area. In 1870, the Redemptorist Fathers built a humble wooden mission church that was replaced by an impressive basilica in 1876 from Roxbury puddingstone. In 1910, dual-spires were added that now dominate the skyline. It is one of only 43 basilicas in the United States.


Officially named Our Lady of Perpetual Help after the icon of the same name, is uniformly referred to as "Mission Church", even by its own parishioners. Due to a sloping foundation of this landmark, the west cross tops its tower at 215 feet; the other spire is two feet shorter. The length of the church is also 215 feet, presenting a perfect proportion.


Mission Hill is an architectural landmark district with a combination of freestanding houses built by early wealthy landowners, blocks of traditional brick rowhouses, and many triple deckers.

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Uploaded on April 24, 2007