Photo: Cold Hollow Contracting
Photo: Cold Hollow Contracting
Photo: Cold Hollow Contracting

Church of the Covenant  Boston, MA

The Church of the Covenant, an inspiring presence in Boston’s Back Bay since 1867 and a National Historic Landmark, was designed by Richard M. Upjohn. The drama of its Gothic Revival exterior is rivaled by the dazzling beauty of the stained glass windows and interior designed by Tiffany Glass and Decorating Company. 

Knowing that the church needed critical envelope repairs, the congregation engaged SSV to perform a comprehensive conditions assessment, including preservation treatment recommendations. The report provided a roadmap for repairs and maintenance, identified character-defining features, and informed fund raising and grant seeking activities.

We have led a phased restoration at the church that has included masonry repairs, stained glass conservation, and installation of a cork floor with a radiant heating system. We have provided assistance to the church in securing grants from a wide range of funding sources. In collaboration with the church historian, we co-authored the National Historic Landmark nomination that garnered recognition for the church’s one-of-a-kind Tiffany interior.