Tremont Street Methodist Episcopal Church
The Tremont Street Methodist Episcopal Church, located at 740 Tremont Street in Boston, Massachusetts, was built in 1862 from a design by architect Hammatt Billings. In the late 1960s it became the New Hope Baptist Church.
Prior to 1862, the Methodist Episcopal congregation had occupied the Hedding Church on Pelham Street in Boston for some 20 years. The congregation's new church building, located at 740 Tremont Street, "is a large, Gothic, natural-quarry stone building, with two spires, respectively 150 feet and 100 feet high."
In 1869, several members of the Tremont Street Church congregation established the Woman's Foreign Missionary Society of the Methodist Episcopal Church. The group of eight founders consisted of Mrs. Lewis Flanders; Mrs. Thomas Kingsbury; Mrs. William B. Merrill; Lois Lee Parker; Mrs. Thomas A. Rich; Mrs. H.J. Stoddard; and Mrs. P.T. Taylor. The society grew quickly across the country, and by 1876 included "eight associated branches" in New England; New York and New Jersey; Pennsylvania and Delaware; Maryland, District of Columbia, and Eastern Virginia; Ohio, Western Virginia and Kentucky; Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin; Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska and Colorado; and Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. By 1909, it was "the largest woman's foreign missionary society in the world."
The building changed owners in the 1960s, and today houses the New Hope Baptist Church.
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