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  First Parish Church in Dorchester Recognized with Preservation Awards

May 2014: The Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Boston Preservation Alliance recognized the historically significant First Parish Church in Dorchester with 2014 Preservation Awards. MKA led the team of preservation consultants that worked in the extensive renovation/restoration of the church, which included accessibility improvements, comprehensive exterior restoration/renovation and the restoration, and installation of the upper sections of the steeple.

First Parish Church occupies the sixth meetinghouse erected by the congregation since 1630, and the fifth building to stand at this location on Meetinghouse Hill since 1673. The building is widely recognized by the community as a symbol of the church’s historic role as the hub of political and social life in Dorchester. It is the only example in Boston of Colonial Revival ecclesiastical architecture stylized after the traditional wooden New England meetinghouse, and minimal intervention has ensured the building’s historic integrity.
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