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History Restored: The African Meeting House | Boston, MA (part 3)

by Bridgit Brown

In 1809, the architect and carpenter Asher Benjamin published the first edition of The American Builder’s Companion, a book on building stairs, homes, churches, state houses and other parts of popular 19th century building structures. Like his contemporary, the architect Charles Bulfinch, Benjamin combined Federal with Greek revival style components in a structure.

As Diana points out in this webisode, the African Meeting House was built based on Benjamin’s designs. Some other notable Boston landmarks built accordingly include the Charles Street Meeting House, Old West Church, and the Charles Playhouse.

To be continued...

Click here for Part Two of the series.

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