Maginnis & Walsh

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Maginnis & Walsh was an architecture firm started by Charles Donagh Maginnis and Timothy Walsh in 1905. It was known for its innovative design of churches in Boston in the first half of the twentieth century.

Maginnis was born in Derry, Ireland. He emigrated to Boston at age 18 and got his first job apprenticing for architect Edmund M. Wheelwright as a draftsman. Influenced by the work of modern architect Ralph Adams Cram, Maginnis became a distinguished Gothic architect and an articulate writer and orator on the role of architecture in society.

In the Boston area he built St. Catherine of Genoa Church on Spring Hill in Somerville, Massachusetts, regarded as a masterpiece. St. Catherine's, begun in 1907 and completed in 1921, is still (2010) a working parish. He also built St. Aidan's in Brookline, Massachusetts where he was a parishioner along with the Kennedy family and other prominent Irish-Americans. St. Aidan's, the location of the baptism of John F. Kennedy, has since been closed and may be converted into housing in the near future. The firm also designed Our Lady of the Presentation Catholic Church in the Oak Square neighborhood of the Brighton section of Boston. That church was also closed by the Archdiocese of Boston in 2005, but it has not yet been converted to another use. In 1909 Maginnis & Walsh won the bid to build the new campus of Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts and he built Emmanuel College in the Fens area of Boston, Massachusettsin 1914. Maginnis also designed the chancel at Trinity Church in Copley Square, the high altar at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York and the Massachusetts Veterans War Memorial Tower on the summit of Mount Greylock. Also designed by the firm is Our Lady of Sorrows church located in South Orange, New Jersey, which was dedicated in 1931. In 1948 Maginnis received the AIA Gold Medal for "outstanding service to American architecture," the highest award in the profession. He died in 1955.

The Maginnis and Walsh collection at the Boston Public Library contains work of the architectural firm from 1913 to 1952.



Archdiocese of Boston[edit]

Diocese of Worcester[edit]

Diocese of Fall River[edit]

Diocese of Springfield[edit]

Blessed Sacrament Church, Northampton, Massachusetts

Diocese of Providence[edit]

Diocese of Burlington Vermont[edit]

Diocese of Portland, Maine[edit]

Archdiocese of Hartford[edit]

Archdiocese of Cincinnati[edit]

Archdiocese of New York[edit]

Diocese of Brooklyn[edit]

Diocese of Albany[edit]

Diocese of Ogdensburg[edit]

Diocese of Marquette (Michigan)[edit]

Archdiocese of Newark[edit]

Archdiocese of Baltimore[edit]

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Diocese of Scranton[edit]

Archdiocese of Washington, DC[edit]

Diocese of Gary, Indiana[edit]

Archdiocese of Milwaukee[edit]

Archdiocese of San Francisco[edit]

Archdiocese of Los Angeles[edit]

Diocese of Dubuque[edit]

Diocese of Des Moines[edit]

Diocese of Cheyenne[edit]

Schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries[edit]

Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA[14][edit]

  • Gasson Hall (1913) (The signature building of BC).[15][16]
  • St. Mary's Hall and Chapel (1917) [17][18]
  • Devlin Hall (1924) [17][19][20]
  • Bapst Library (1924? 1928?) (The fourth building on BC campus.)[17][21]

The above four buildings are the "original architectural gems" of the campus. (-Fr. Charles F. Donovan) [17] The additional Gothic buildings (or "English Collegiate Gothic") that had been part of the original campus plan (1909,[22] 1928[23]) were no longer feasible to construct after the economic crash of 1929. Architect partner Timothy F. Walsh would die in 1934 (aged 66).[24]

Firm's original partner, Charles Donagh Maginnis, died in 1955 (88 yrs of age).

Emanuel College, Boston, MA[edit]

  • Administration Building and Chapel [31]

The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC[edit]

  • Basilica of The National Shrine of The Immaculate Conception (started in 1919; completed 1959). The largest Catholic Church in North America.[22][32] "The architectural style is composite of a Romanesque exterior and a Byzantine interior."[33]

Georgetown Preparatory School, Rockville, MD[edit]

  • Our Lady of the Lourdes Chapel [34][35]

Holy Cross College, Worcester, MA[edit]

Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart[edit]

Regis High School, New York City, NY[44][edit]

Sacred Heart School, Fall River, MA [45][edit]

Saint Joseph's School, Wakefield, MA - 1924 [46][edit]

Saint Joseph College, West Hartford, CT[edit]

  • McDonough and Mercy Halls - 1935 [47]

Saint Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, MD[edit]

  • Main Administration Building - 1929 (Beaux Arts Classical Revival Style).

Trinity Washington University (formerly Trinity College), Washington D.C.[edit]

University of Northwestern (formerly Northwestern College) St. Paul, MN[edit]

  • Nazareth Hall - 1923 [51]
  • Nazareth Hall Chapel - 1923 [52]
  • Island Chapel and Peninsula - 1925 [53]

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN[54][edit]


Boston's Children Hospital?[edit]

References to "Children's Hospital" are found in "[Boston] City Auditor's of the Receipts and Expenses" Reports (1912-1913, 1913-1914, 1914–1915); and the "Documents City of Boston, For The Year 1914."

Uncertain if this facility is within the "Boston Consumptives Hospital" campus or a separate facility altogether.

Boston Consumptives Hospital (Boston Sanatorium[edit]

A "tuberculosis hospital," this 52-acres campus had 18 buildings[62]), Dorchester, MA [63][64]

  • Administration or Foley Building (1910, 1928-1930) (The largest building on campus)
  • Doctors' residences, Dormitories or Wards (4) (ca. 1910) (currently vacant and are decaying [reported 2016])
  • The Power House (1903)

Outside United States[edit]


  1. ^ St. John Seminary, Brighton Massachusetts History
  2. ^ St. John's Seminary
  3. ^ St. Aiden Church, Brookline Ma
  4. ^ a b c d Transforming Light: The Stained-Glass Windows of Boston College
  5. ^ a b College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, Massachusetts
  6. ^ Norval White and Elliot Willensky with Fran Leadon, AIA Guide to New York City, Fifth Edition, (New York City: Oxford University Press, 2010), p.453.
  7. ^ Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, baltimore Maryland
  8. ^ Shirne of the Immaculate Conception, Washington, DC
  9. ^ Sacred Heart Church, Washington DC
  10. ^ drawing of New Apostolic Mission House
  11. ^ Carmelite Monastery, Santa Clara, California
  12. ^ Newspaper articles on restoration of All Saints Church, Stuart IA
  13. ^ St. Joseph Childrens Home, Torrington, Wyoming
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