ntil the growth of the town toward its border lines made it, and by that time the fashion had changed and the tower came into its own again.
St. Mary's, on Salem street, near Malden line, whose brick tower in which is a clock paid for by Medford, was the first to build.
Then Grace church, out growing its wooden chapel of 1850, acquired largely through the munificence of Mrs. Ellen Shepherd Brooks its beautiful stone church with ivy mantled tower.
In ‘72 the First Methodist and the First Baptist, and in ‘73 Trinity Methodist and the Congregational (both the latter at West Medford and new organizations) erected new houses of worship—a remarkable record for two successive years.
All these were of wood; all had the features of a corner tower and belfry, with spires varying from forty-eight to one hundred and forty feet in height.
In three the town placed public clocks, at the expense of about six hundred dollars each.
In 1876, the two Congregational churches near Medford square u<
s (Roman Catholic) church.
To the eye of the camera the building itself was eclipsed by the two upper stories of the Andrew Hall house, the elevated rear garden of which is in marked contrast to present conditions.
While this spire is now gone, the building itself remains, the business home of Page & Curtin.
This view also preserves for our sight a substantial feature of old-time dwelling construction, of which but few (including this) remain.
The lower right hand is that of the First Baptist, and was the next erected, in 1872, by its designer (also a member), John Brown.
Its spire was built complete within the tower and raised to its position; and the open archway at its base forms a carriage porch.
The next oldest is that in the lower left, the Mystic Congregational, erected in 1876, the result of the merging of two churches.
The building itself (of 1846) was so enlarged and remodeled that the original appearance is entirely absent in the present view.
This was taken sub