St. John's Church is located in the Sumner Hill section of Jamaica Plain, at the intersection of Revere Street and Roanoke Avenue. We are accessible by MBTA via the Orange Line (Green Street Station) as well as the # 39 bus from Copley Square. Driving instructions are also included below. The church does not have a parking lot, but there is street parking on Revere and Roanoake, or on other adjacent streets.
Take the Orange Line to Green Street Station. Exit the subway station and walk up Green Street in the same direction as the traffic. At the traffic light at the intersection of Green and Elm Streets, turn left and walk along Elm Street up Sumner Hill, passing the red brick Central Congregational Church on your right. St. John's brown puddingstone Gothic revival buildings are at the top of the hill in front of you. (To get to the Rectory, continue up Roanoke Avenue, with the church on your right, until the intersection of Roanoke Avenue and Alveston Street. Take a left on Alveston. The barn-red, Queen Anne Rectory is #24, the second house on the left). Click here to see MBTA subway information.
The #39 bus begins at Back Bay Station and picks up passengers at Copley Square and along Huntington Avenue. Take the bus to the stop at the intersection of Centre and Green Streets in JP (at the First Baptist Church on Centre Street). Walk two blocks up Centre Street in the same direction the bus travels and turn left on Seaverns Avenue (between City Feed and the Purple Cactus). Two blocks ahead the road forks; take the right fork (Alveston Street) up the hill. Take the first left onto Revere Street. St. John's is at the end of the block on the right. (To get to the Rectory, continue up Alveston Street to #24, a barn-red Queen Anne house on the left). Click here to see MBTA bus information.
A Note on GPS and Mapping: BEWARE! Both Roanoke Avenue and Revere Street are one-way in the same direction, and if you use the church address, One Roanoke Avenue, your GPS or mapping application (e.g., Google Maps, Mapquest) will take you to the intersection below the church, and you will not be able to turn into either Roanoke Avenue or Revere Street. Instead, use the address 7 Revere Street, and that will direct you to the section of Revere Street that the Church is on. Step-by-step instructions are also included below.
From Boston: Take the Jamaicaway (Route1) from Longwood Circle towards JP. At the JP Pond Boathouse (on the right), turn left onto Pond Street (Pond Street is the 4th traffic light after entering the Jamaicaway at Longwood Circle). At the end of Pond Street, turn right onto Centre Street, and go three blocks to Seaverns Avenue (between City Feed and the Purple Cactus). Turn left on Seaverns and, at the fork in the road, bear right onto Alveston Street, and then take the first left onto Revere Street. The church is at the end of the block on the right. (To get to the Rectory, continue up Alveston Street to #24, a barn-red Queen Anne house on the left).
From West of Boston: Take Route 9 in the direction of Brookline/Boston. Take the exit for the Jamaicaway (South) and follow the directions above.
From South of Boston: Take the Southeast Expressway (I-93 North) to Exit 11 (Granite Avenue, Route 203). Turn left onto Gallivan Blvd/Rte. 203, and follow the signs for Rte. 203 for 3.5 miles to N Shea Circle (203 is Gallivan Blvd. and then becomes Morton Street just before Blue Hill Avenue). At Shea Circle (Franklin Park is on your right), take the third exit out of the rotary onto the access road (Arborway) beside the Monsignor William J. Casey Hwy overpass. The first light is Washington Street and the Forest Hills MBTA station is to your left beyond the overpass. Go across Washington past the pedestrian crosswalk light to the light at South Street and turn right. Follow South for 0.6 miles to the monument, and bear right onto Centre Street (First Church is on your left and the Loring-Greenough House is on your right). The first right turn past the Loring-Greenough House is Greenough Street (If you go past the Dunkin' Donuts, you've missed Greenough Street!). Go 0.1 mile on Greenough to Alveston Street and turn left. Go just a few hundred feet and take the first right onto Roanoke Avenue or a little further and take the second right onto Revere Street. The church between these streets, and there is parking on both by the church. (To get to the Rectory, from the directions above, just stop at #24 on Alveston Street, a barn-red Queen Anne house on the right).