Phase 2: the pace heats up

Phase II of the All Saints' building restoration is well underway and the project is headed toward completion in early Winter.

01 Fire-protection-in-the-chancel

 Vaulted chancel ceiling depicting original square vent with rafter and new plywood blocking within the void. Notice the circular hole for the sprinkler head in the middle of the photo. The sprinkler head will be covered with a metal plate painted to match the wood ceiling.

Images / Phase 2

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  • Fire protection in the chancel
  • Stair hall void facing north
  • Stair hall void facing south
  • New window surround
  • Saw cutting into the gym
  • Installing storm water retention structure
  • Ground level view retention structure
  • Rebuilding E106
  • Applying putty to N206

The focus of phase II is the construction of a small, two-story addition to the cloister wing and parish house to accommodate an elevator and a reconfigured stair hall. In addition this phase will see full fire protection extended to the church, and enhancements to the heating, electrical, and lighting systems in both the parish house and the church. The failing, 1980s, white laminate sacristy cabinets will be replaced with oak. This work in the sacristy will fulfill former rector Fr. Titus Oates's vision of a graciously sized and appointed sacristy to support the parish's worship.

02a Stair-hall-void-facing-north
02b Stair-hall-void-facing-south
Two views of the void of the demoed stair hall. On the left facing north; on the right facing south. In the north view notice the arched sub-basement doorway in the lower left, the brick-arched doorway through the granite wall of the cloister wing into the first floor (Guild Hall) of the newer parish house, and the rising CMU elevator shaft.

The work of restoring the fabric of the Parish of All Saints' was broken into roughly two parts so that the first phase could commence before design work for the second phase was complete. Phase I, which is largely complete, addressed the building envelope, including the roof systems, the masonry, and the windows. The electricians are roughing in the alarm portion of the fire protection system in the church and the sprinkler subcontractor is installing piping above the ceiling in the chancel. The heating contractor is in the midst of replacing the aged steam boiler, distribution, and radiator systems with modern, redundant, hot water boilers, piping, and radiators.

New window surround

Saw cutting into the gym

LEFT: Taken two weeks later, the surround for the new window at the Guild Hall landing is largely in place, made from limestone salvaged from the window removed to make way for the elevator door at the first floor of the cloister hall. RIGHT: Fifty-four-inch saw mounted against the exterior of the east basement wall of the parish house. It is cutting the opening through which passengers of the wheel-chair lift will enter the gymnasium..

Stormwater Management

The site work subcontractor is connecting the rain leaders from church's restored roof and gutter systems to the new underground storm water retention structures.

06 Installing-storm-water-retention-structure

07 Ground-level-view-retention-structure

Cavalieri workers strap together a portion of the storm water retention system (L); A view of the nave and tower from the excavation for the retention system (R)..

The Lyn Hovey Studio continues its restoration of the figural glass from the clerestory of the church and from the nave of the Lady Chapel.

10 Rebuilding-E106

From the left to the right tray, a lancet from a window from the nave of the Lady Chapel (E106) is being releaded.

Service Times


7:30 a.m. Morning Prayer
8:00 a.m. Low Mass
9:00 a.m. Adult Christian Education*
10:00 a.m. Solemn Mass
11:30 a.m. Coffee Hour

* during the academic year


Low Mass
Wednesday 10 a.m. *
Friday 7 a.m.
Saturday 9 a.m.

* followed by coffee hour


Location and Parking

209 Ashmont Street
Dorchester MA 02124
(617) 436-6370


All Saints is located in the south Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, just off Peabody Square, at 209 Ashmont St. and is a very short walk from the Ashmont T station on the Red Line. (Click icon for map.)



The five principal levels of our buildings are handicap accessible, served by a five-stop elevator. Handicap access into both buildings is by a walkway and ADA-compliant ramp from the parking lot to the Ashmont Street door of the church.  There are handicap accessible bathrooms on four levels of the church and parish house.


There is a private parking lot for 47 cars and on-street parking on both Ashmont Street and on the other streets surrounding the church.

Four of these spaces are reserved for Zipcars.

Parish of All Saints, Ashmont


Our emphasis at the Parish of All Saints is on sacramental worship (the Mass or Holy Eucharist) celebrated in a traditional Anglo-Catholic style, with strong orthodox teaching and preaching, supportive pastoral care, a caring parish family, and responsibility to our community and the greater world.

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