BARTHOLDI RESTORATION CAMPAIGN
@ FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF BOSTON 

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MISSION

The First Baptist Church of Boston has recently launched efforts to restore the H.H. Richardson Tower at the Commonwealth Avenue and Clarendon Street . Towards the summit of the tower are monumental friezes were designed by Federic Auguste Bartholdi (best known for the Statue of Liberty)

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HISTORY

The most outstanding feature of the building at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Clarendon Street is the tower.  Towards the summit of the tower are monumental friezes were designed by Federic Auguste Bartholdi (best known for the Statue of Liberty)in 1872, and were carved "in situ" by Italian stone cutters.  The tower, as well as main church, is the first Romanesque church by the architect H.H. Richardon (who later designed Trinity Church in Boston.)  According to files at Boston's Museum of Science, it is said that the tower is "the first important professional work of the late Stanford White who, as a young man, was a draughtsman in Mr. Richardson's office" (and who designed the McKim building of the Boston Public Library.) 

Featured on the friezes are images of notable personages of the 1800's, including:  Abraham Lincoln, Henry W. Longfellow, Guiseppe Garibaldi, Bartholdi, Ralph W. Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and John LaFarge

A detail of the "Communion" frieze (l'instruction religieuse) which faces Commonwealth Avenue.  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is featured holding a goblet.  This image is actually taken from the model which Bartholdi made.​​

FREDERIC AUGUSTE BARTHOLDI

Frederic Auguste Bartholdi was born August 2, 1834, in Colmar, France.  He is best known for the Staue of Liberty in New York Harbor.  Other work of Bartholdi in the United States include thre fountain at the United States Botanic Park in Washington, D.C., ​ in Lafayette Square in New York, Washington & Lafayette and Lafayette Arriving in America in Union Square in New York City. Bartholdi had met H.H. Richardson while they were studying at l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts.  His association with Guiseppe Garibaldi (featured in the Marriage frieze, which faces Dartmouth Street) arose from their serving togother in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870.  He designed the tower friezes in 1874.  Bartholdi died in 1904.