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Building Conservation Associates

Old North Church

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Year Built: 1723
Original Architects: William Price

The Old North Church, built in 1722, is the oldest standing church building in Boston, and a National Historic Landmark. The Georgian style structure was designed by William Price but was modeled after the work of Christopher Wren who had built several famous buildings in London.
BCA reviewed prior studies of the decorative finishes, and performed paint analysis and probes to determine the architectural history of the sanctuary walls, trim, decorative elements and pews. Some elements of the early 18th century decorative painting were exposed using custom solvents and procedures designed by BCA conservators. BCA provided treatment recommendations and suggestions for reinterpretation for both the 1730’s period and the Revolutionary War era.