First Church in Boston to Receive Magnolia Award

The First Church in Boston, at 66 Marlborough Street, will receive the 2013 Magnolia Award given by The Garden Club of the Back Bay.  The award will be presented at this year’s Twilight Garden Party on Tuesday, June 4, at the Gordon Chapel at Old South Church.  The award honors the extensive horticultural renovation completed on Marlborough Street, which includes one of The Garden Club’s ‘Moonglow’ magnolia trees, pictured below.  The church was created in 1630 when the settlers on the Arbella arrived in what is now Charlestown, Massachusetts.  In the 19th century, the First Church moved to Back Bay in Boston. The building at 66 Marlborough Street in Boston dated from 1867 and was designed by Boston architects William Robert Ware and Henry Van Brunt. After a fire in 1968, First Church and Second Church merged and built a new building at the same location. This building, by architect Paul Rudolph, incorporates part of the facade of the 1867 building.

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