Hidden For 10 Years: See Inside Shuttered Blessed Sacrament Church

Thanks to Claudio Martinez of Hyde Square Task Force, the Jamaica Plain News has photos from an exclusive tour of the closed-to-the-public areas of the former Blessed Sacrament Church.

While it’s been a decade since anyone was baptized or married there, the churchstill dominates Hyde Square. On Saturday the community got a rare chance to see inside.

Above is a gallery not only of the striking nave and cupola, all it it richly decorated. But you’ll also see several of rooms and a chapel that are off-limits to the public.

Hyde Square Task Force, via a new non-profit created for the purpose, will be turning the old church into a community and arts center. It’s a huge undertaking. Martinez said he hopes the space, once finished, will serve to help all of Jamaica Plain’s diverse residents bond — not merely pass in the streets, but get to know one another and be a part of each other’s lives.