Thursday, February 28, 2013

Old North and Old South--Boston Steeples

Perhaps the most noted steeple in American history is the Old North Church in Boston. From where on the night of April 18, 1775, a signal of 2 lanterns was shown, warning other Patriots that the British were crossing the Charles River to do battle at Lexington and Concord. It was the night of Paul Revere's famous midnight ride. I did this watercolor November 28, 201. Unseasonably warm, I sat in the pre-Revolutionary Copps Burial Ground amongst the gravestones.

Right, a view of Boston's Copley Square from Commonwealth Avenue, also painted November 2011. I'm not sure if the tower of Old South Church--nestled in the vee of darker trees, backdropped by pyramid-topped Berkeley Building and dwarfed by the John Hancock Tower--qualifies as a steeple. I took a liberty and included it in our scavenger hunt challenge.

And a bonus steeple (because February is almost over and therefore our Steeple Scavenger Hunt): Trinity Lutheran Church in Waterloo, Iowa, with its next door neighbor the Firestone Tire Store. Painted October 2010.        


  1. I love these, Marcia! And I was there at the turn of the millenium, when they did Battle Road 2000 in Boston/Concord/Lexington, so it's very meaningful to me.

    Love all your steeples!

    1. I'll have to look up Battle Road 2000--sounds exciting. I went to college in Boston, but somehow never got into the historic sights back then. Now I am very drawn to connecting with these places and this history that bind us to this country that we are blessed to live in.

    2. It WAS exciting! Buckman Tavern, the Green, all that. One of my groups does a mobile hospital impression, and they were there in one of the historic mansions. Really felt like stepping back into history.

  2. Yes! That's our hobby...or one of them.

  3. Marcia...really nice. As usual your colors always bring a cheerful highlight to my day.


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