A History of St. Thomas Aquinas Church

St. Thomas Aquinas – the Mother Church of Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury – turns 150 years old on August 17, 2019. [i] St. Thomas was established in 1869 and dedicated on August 17, 1873, the year before Jamaica Plain was annexed to Boston. As the seat of the Catholic faith in Jamaica Plain, out of it grew the churches of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Andrew the Apostle.

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Bromley Park: The Withering of a Garden Square

In 1871 John Amory Lowell transformed his influential family’s Roxbury, Massachusetts, estate, Bromley Vale, into a groundbreaking garden square residential development named Bromley Park. Though demolished in 1953 to make way for the city-owned Bromley-Heath housing complex in Jamaica Plain, Bromley Park stood for nearly 80 years as a powerful and fascinating example of how nature and dense private housing could be interwoven in urban design.

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Annals and Reminiscences of Jamaica Plain, 1897

1897- This sketch was prepared by request to be read before the Jamaica Plain Ladies' Tuesday Club. Subsequently a desire was expressed to have it put in a more permanent form and offered for sale at a Fair for the Jamaica Plain Indian Association. Although personally reluctant to appear before the public in this way, I have allowed my desire to aid a good cause and give pleasure to my friends who have kindly received my paper to influence me in its publication.

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