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What is now Saint Stephen's Church was originally called the New North Church. It was constructed between 1802 and 1804 for the New North Religious Society, a Congregationalist group.

The church was designed by Charles Bulfinch in the Early Republic style of architecture, and is the last remaining church in Boston designed by him. The first church bell ever cast by patriot and metalworker Paul Revere (who made 200 church bells during his career) was hung in the church's belfry.

The New North Church was initially a Congregationalist church and later became a Unitarian church. In 1862, it was taken over by Boston's expanding Roman Catholic community, and was renamed Saint Stephen's Church.

In 1890, Rose Fitzgerald, who was later to become Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy, and the mother of the President of the United States, was baptized in the church. Her funeral was held there in 1995.

Saint Stephen's Church has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Directions: Saint Stephen's Church is located at 401 Hanover Street, and is one of the stops on the Freedom Trail in Boston's North End.

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  • Updated Aug 16, 2012
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