Saint Anthony’s-by-the-Sea

Saint Anthony’s Chapel, 1930 Alice M. Curtis/©Fredrik D. Bodin
Saint Anthony’s Chapel was consecrated in 1925 and designed by renowned architect Edward T. P. Graham (1872–1964). Graham was considered the “dean of Boston architects,” and recognized for his mediaeval style Roman Catholic churches. This church, constructed of fieldstone in the English parish gothic style, sits at the foot of Eastern Point at Farrington and Saint Louis Avenues. Mrs. Margaret Brady Farrell had Saint Anthony’s built and donated to the Archdiocese of Boston in memory of her father, Anthony Nicholas Brady (1841-1913). Notice the Saint Anthony statue in the niche below the cross, the observation tower on the right, and vintage autos in front. The interior is equally beautiful. I’ve been in there to photograph a few weddings, notably that of George and Ellen Sibley. Because so many local couples have married in the chapel, and continue to do so, this photo is a popular present for weddings and anniversaries. I always try to have it available in the gallery, especially in the spring. Saint Anthony’s Chapel is now part of Gloucester’s Holy Family Parish, and open in the summer.
Printed archivally from the original 5×7 inch film negative in my darkroom. Image #A8557-011

Fredrik D. Bodin
Bodin Historic Photo
82 Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930

5 thoughts on “Saint Anthony’s-by-the-Sea

  1. When I was at St. Ann’s – the Mercy Nuns had their summer cottage right next door – they used to discretely swim down at Niles Beach. And my friend Sandy (Silveira) and I scrubbed St. Anthony’s from top to bottom in preparation for summer use. It was truly a labor of love.for this beautiful little Chapel.


  2. My grandfather Andrew Aluia,gave the statue of Saint Anythony to the church ,backin the 50’s…the statue is to your left as you enter the church …Cathy


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