Saint Luke’s Epis­co­pal Church – a New­town Jewel – fea­tured on Hol­i­day House Tour

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NbWTOWN BOoOUGH – cor its diminu­tive size, New­town Bor­ough is home to many beau­ti­ful places of wor­ship. This year, the New­town His­toric As­so­ci­a­tion will fea­ture one of them - St Luke’s bpis­co­pal Church on Wash­ing­ton Av­enue - dur­ing its Hol­i­day House Tour on Satur­day, Dec. 1.

This brick Gothic oe­vival church dates back to 1832.

Once inside St Luke’s, tour-go­ers will be trans­ported to a much ear­lier time - a time when St Luke’s was un­heated, when the box pews sported doors to keep out the drafts, when parish­ionHUV EURuJKW WLn IRRW wDUPHUV fiOOHG wLWK KRW FRDOV WR VWDvH off the cold and when church pews were rented to help sup­port the parish.

Since its found­ing, the build­ing has un­der­gone ad­di­tions and ren­o­va­tions, all thought­fully done to re­tain the style and spirit of the orig­i­nal church.

Tour-go­ers will ap­pre­ci­ate the dark brown ran­dom-width flRRU ERDUGV RI WKH FKuUFK, the white wood­work, the ham­mered tin ceil­ing and beams, all soft­ened by the light that streams through the church’s eight stain­glass win­dows.

The church’s al­tar­piece, The Coro­na­tion of the Vir­gin, a copy of the 1485 orig­i­nal by An­drea Della oob­bia, is the fo­cal point of the sanc­tu­ary. The heavy plas­ter sculp­ture was cre­ated from D fiUVW JHnHUDWLRn FDVW RwnHG by the Bos­ton Mu­seum and given by the oeeder fam­ily to cel­e­brate the cen­ten­nial of St Luke’s. Un­for­tu­nately for the mu­seum, the molds were dam­aged be­yond re­pair in the cast­ing process, mak­ing St Luke’s copy the only one of its kind in the United States. Della oob­bia’s terra cotta orig­i­nal is in a con­vent chapel in Siena, Italy.

On tour day, vis­i­tors are in­vited to stop by St Luke’s for the his­tory, but also en­joy all of the planned ac­tiv­i­ties at the Church.

There will be per­for­mances by the church or­gan­ist and the chil­dren’s choir, a mid-day soup lun­cheon on the secRnG flRRU RI WKH 3DULVK HRuVH, D IUHVK JUHHnV VDOH RuWVLGH and a Christ­mas Char­ity Bazaar. Pro­ceeds from the bazaar will go to lo­cal char­i­ties. The bazaar will in­clude home­made baked items, hand­made craft, lo­cal art, a silent auc­tion and Paul’s At­tic.

“gust make Paul an of­fer and it’s yours,” says goan gohn­ston, a parish­ioner of St Luke’s.

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