The most outstanding feature of the building at the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Clarendon Street is the tower. Towards the summit of the tower are monumental friezes were designed by Federic Auguste Bartholdi (best known for the Statue of Liberty) in 1872, and were carved in situ by Italian stone cutters. The tower, as well as main church, is the first Romanesque church by the architect H.H. Richardson (who later designed Trinity Church in Boston.) According to files at Boston's Museum of Science, it is said that the tower is "the first important professional work of the late Stanford White who, as a young man, was a draughtsman in Mr. Richardson's office" (and who designed the McKim building of the Boston Public Library.) Featured on the friezes are images of notable personages of the 1800's, including: Abraham Lincoln, Henry W. Longfellow, Giuseppe Garibaldi, Bartholdi, Ralph W. Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and John LaFarge. Our Church and the Community are working on a long time fundraising effort to restore our historic H.H. Richardson Tower with its Frederic Auguste Bartholdi friezes. We sure could use your help!