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17. Stained Glass and Greek Revival Architecture – a Glimpse of the Past

At the junction of Main St. and Atlantic St., take a right onto Atlantic St.  Along the way you will pass the Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist founded 1854.  In 2009, the title of Minor Basilica was granted to the church.

The present Basilica was built in 1875 and was the largest stone church in southern Connecticut. The stained glass windows of this Basilica form one of the largest collections of 19th century church stained glass on the East Coast. The Basilica is one of Stamford's lasting artistic treasures.

The Rectory next to the church was built in 1850 as a private home and later purchased by the Church. It is one of the architectural gems of early Stamford, because it is one of the last and finest local examples of the Greek Revival style of architecture that remains in the city.  Of special interest is the rectory that is believed to have provided a stop on the Underground Railroad prior to and during the Civil War, operated by James Daskam, a local greengrocer.

At the junction of Atlantic St. and Tresser Blvd., take a left on Tresser Blvd. Pick up your car to continue the tour.