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Boston Visitors' Guide Series: Copley Square
Published: 2012/06/26
Channel: The Boston Globe
COPLEY SQUARE / BOSTON 2012
COPLEY SQUARE / BOSTON 2012
Published: 2012/05/01
Channel: japanairlinesjp
Drone Flying in Boston
Drone Flying in Boston's Copley Square
Published: 2014/09/06
Channel: Adam Honig
Copley Square Boston Tour
Copley Square Boston Tour
Published: 2015/09/01
Channel: Kaylen Dao
Copley Square: Part I - The Amenities
Copley Square: Part I - The Amenities
Published: 2013/11/26
Channel: Jason Cobb
Musicians Celebrate
Musicians Celebrate 'Make Music Day' In Boston's Copley Square
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: CBS Boston
Thousands protest Trump executive order in Copley Square
Thousands protest Trump executive order in Copley Square
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: MassLive
Man Offers Free Hugs In Copley Square
Man Offers Free Hugs In Copley Square
Published: 2016/11/10
Channel: CBS Boston
Musicians Serenade Boston
Musicians Serenade Boston's Copley Square | Jon Batiste and Stay Human with From the Top Performers
Published: 2013/08/16
Channel: From the Top
Copley Square Hotel in Boston - Best Hotel
Copley Square Hotel in Boston - Best Hotel
Published: 2015/08/28
Channel: Top Videos
BOSTON VLOG | Harvard, MIT, Copley Square, and MORE!
BOSTON VLOG | Harvard, MIT, Copley Square, and MORE!
Published: 2016/06/23
Channel: DailyLifeOfAyejessaayy
Copley square, Boston, MA
Copley square, Boston, MA
Published: 2016/09/13
Channel: Malakhone Sonethavong
Copley square shopping downtown Boston
Copley square shopping downtown Boston
Published: 2017/01/26
Channel: moviestudioland
Copley Square and Prudential Center
Copley Square and Prudential Center
Published: 2017/04/14
Channel: Family Friendly Content
Senator Elizabeth Warren at Copley Square Muslim Ban Protest
Senator Elizabeth Warren at Copley Square Muslim Ban Protest
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: Senator Elizabeth Warren
Protesters
Protesters 'stand up for science' in Copley Square
Published: 2017/02/19
Channel: WCVB Channel 5 Boston
The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
The Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston
Published: 2013/09/11
Channel: The Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston
Boston Accents In Copley Square
Boston Accents In Copley Square
Published: 2015/09/29
Channel: Michael Malyszko
Copley Square Skaters
Copley Square Skaters
Published: 2014/06/18
Channel: ButterfingerBB
Hundreds take Ice Bucket Challenge in Copley Square
Hundreds take Ice Bucket Challenge in Copley Square
Published: 2014/08/09
Channel: WCVB Channel 5 Boston
Thousands packed Copley Square to protest Trump immigration order
Thousands packed Copley Square to protest Trump immigration order
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: WCVB Channel 5 Boston
Skateboarders at the Copley Square Fountain
Skateboarders at the Copley Square Fountain
Published: 2014/08/06
Channel: Ukemeabasi Esiet
Copley Square Hotel - Boston, MA
Copley Square Hotel - Boston, MA
Published: 2014/06/11
Channel: HotelSidekick
Copley Square Immigration Protest
Copley Square Immigration Protest
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: Evan RJ
Copley Square Rally
Copley Square Rally
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: Bill G
The Boston History Project: Copley Square with Anthony Sammarco
The Boston History Project: Copley Square with Anthony Sammarco
Published: 2017/08/24
Channel: Boston Herald
Copley Square Pillow Fight 2008
Copley Square Pillow Fight 2008
Published: 2008/03/23
Channel: jzzsxm
Thousands at Copley Square protest immigration order
Thousands at Copley Square protest immigration order
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: The Boston Globe
BLS Crew Ergathon Copley Square 2016 & 2017 Final
BLS Crew Ergathon Copley Square 2016 & 2017 Final
Published: 2017/05/10
Channel: FoBLS Crew
Boston (Massachusetts), Copley Square
Boston (Massachusetts), Copley Square
Published: 2015/12/25
Channel: claudia daghero
First night 2016 at boston copley square
First night 2016 at boston copley square
Published: 2016/01/01
Channel: Shen George
Erin Dionne
Erin Dionne's Boston Tour 2: Copley Square
Published: 2013/07/07
Channel: Erin Dionne
Cask Mouse in Copley Square 2014 First Night Boston
Cask Mouse in Copley Square 2014 First Night Boston
Published: 2014/01/05
Channel: Kristea Bee
GVSBEATBOX at Copley square
GVSBEATBOX at Copley square
Published: 2014/09/18
Channel: John Ogren
BEST OF BOSTON! Touring Fenway Park, The Public Library, Copley Square And More!
BEST OF BOSTON! Touring Fenway Park, The Public Library, Copley Square And More!
Published: 2016/10/09
Channel: TheJuice ofLife
Lighting Up Copley Square for the Holidays, with Sarah Robertson, AGB Events
Lighting Up Copley Square for the Holidays, with Sarah Robertson, AGB Events
Published: 2015/12/15
Channel: Adam Boyajy
The BEST Boston Street Performance in Copley Square
The BEST Boston Street Performance in Copley Square
Published: 2017/06/16
Channel: Gordon T Fong
Samsung NX1- Copley Square (4K)
Samsung NX1- Copley Square (4K)
Published: 2015/04/01
Channel: Arthur Taylor
new year
new year's in Copley Square Boston 2014
Published: 2014/01/01
Channel: aden hazim
Rachel Kaufman on the Boston street piano in Copley Square: "Piano Man"
Rachel Kaufman on the Boston street piano in Copley Square: "Piano Man"
Published: 2013/10/01
Channel: Radini7
Elevators at the Copley Square hotel in Boston MA
Elevators at the Copley Square hotel in Boston MA
Published: 2015/06/26
Channel: Elevator Man60
Courtyard Boston Copley Square in Boston MA
Courtyard Boston Copley Square in Boston MA
Published: 2016/04/03
Channel: Anitra Greene
Muslims praying together during immigration rally at Copley Square, Boston
Muslims praying together during immigration rally at Copley Square, Boston
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: KingOfTheFall
Immigration Rally, Copley Square, Boston 2017-01-29 (Cambridge Friends Meeting)
Immigration Rally, Copley Square, Boston 2017-01-29 (Cambridge Friends Meeting)
Published: 2017/01/30
Channel: Jamie Maxfield
Skateboarders in Copley Square 2010
Skateboarders in Copley Square 2010
Published: 2010/03/30
Channel: matthew muise
Boston Copley Square Protest Against Trump Immigration Laws
Boston Copley Square Protest Against Trump Immigration Laws
Published: 2017/01/31
Channel: Tristan T
Tenor Saxophone Winter Performance at Copley Square in Boston  - 28 Degrees!
Tenor Saxophone Winter Performance at Copley Square in Boston - 28 Degrees!
Published: 2016/08/04
Channel: Bradley James Bartlett
myHotelVideo.com presents Copley Square in Boston / Massachusetts / United States
myHotelVideo.com presents Copley Square in Boston / Massachusetts / United States
Published: 2008/05/21
Channel: myHotelVideo
Tom Brady, Julian Edelman Roll Through Copley Square
Tom Brady, Julian Edelman Roll Through Copley Square
Published: 2015/02/04
Channel: CBS Boston
Protest against President Trump’s travel ban at Copley Square in Boston
Protest against President Trump’s travel ban at Copley Square in Boston
Published: 2017/01/29
Channel: Aam Aadmi
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Lewis Cohen's John Singleton Copley, with Copley Square, Trinity Church, and the John Hancock Tower behind him
The Boston Public Library's McKim Building, seen across Dartmouth St. from the Square
Copley Square fountain, with Old South Church tower in distance

Copley Square, named for painter John Singleton Copley, is a public square in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, bounded by Boylston Street, Clarendon Street, St. James Avenue, and Dartmouth Street. It was previously known as Art Square until 1883, due to the number of cultural institutions located there at the time, some of which remain today. It is a pending Boston Landmark.[needs update]

Architecture[edit]

The Square has a number and variety of important architectural works that have been built there, many of them now designated as official landmarks. Prominent structures still standing include:

Among buildings no longer standing are:

  • Chauncy Hall School (c. 1874, demolished 1908), a tall-gabled High Victorian brick school building on Boylston St. near Dartmouth St.
  • Museum of Fine Arts (1876, demolished 1910) by John Hubbard Sturgis and Charles Brigham in the Gothic Revival style, was the first purpose-built public art museum in the world.
  • S.S. Pierce Building, (1887, demolished 1958) by S. Edwin Tobey, "no masterpiece of architecture, [but] great urban design. A heap of dark Romanesque masonry..."[2]
  • Hotel Westminster, Trinity Place, by Henry E. Cregier of Chicago in 1897.[3][4] Now replaced by the northeast corner of the new John Hancock Tower.

History[edit]

Detail of 1888 map, showing Art Square and vicinity

A remarkable number of important Boston educational and cultural institutions were originally located adjacent to (or very near) Copley Square, reflecting 19th-century Boston's aspirations for it as a center of culture and progress.[5] These included the Museum of Fine Arts, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard Medical School, the New England Museum of Natural History (today's Museum of Science), Trinity Church, the New Old South Church, the Boston Public Library, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Massachusetts Normal Art School (today's Massachusetts College of Art and Design), the Horace Mann School for the Deaf, Boston University, Emerson College, and Northeastern University.

Known as Art Square until 1883,[6] Copley Square was originally cut diagonally by Huntington Avenue; it took its present form in 1961 when Huntington Avenue was truncated at the corner of Dartmouth Street, the Square partially paved, and a pyramidal fountain sculpture added.[7] In 1991, after further changes including a new fountain, the new Copley Square Park[further explanation needed] was dedicated. The nonprofit Friends of Copley Square raises funds for care of the square's plantings, fountain, and monuments.

The Boston Marathon foot race has finished at Copley Square since 1986.[8] A memorial celebrating the race's 100th running (in 1996) is located in the park, near the corner of Boylston and Dartmouth streets.[9]

2013 Boston Marathon bombings[edit]

On April 15, 2013, around 2:50 pm (about three hours after the first runners crossed the line) two bombs exploded‍—‌one near the finish line near the Boston Public Library, the other some seconds later and one block west. Three people were killed and at least 183 injured, at least 14 of whom lost limbs.

Transportation[edit]

Copley is served by several forms of public transportation:

And major roads:

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mary Melvin Petronella, ed., Victorian Boston Today: Twelve Walking Tours (Northeastern University Press, 2004), 69, available onlime, access September 9, 2012
  2. ^ Robert Campbell and Peter Vanderwarker. Coming into Copley. Boston Globe. Mar 26, 2006. p. BGM 16.
  3. ^ "Chicago Man's Reputation". Boston Evening Transcript. Feb 3, 1900. p. 7. Retrieved 4 May 2015. 
  4. ^ Shand Tucci, Douglass (1978). Built in Boston (First ed.). New York: New York Graphic Society. p. 102. ISBN 0821207415. 
  5. ^ Douglass Shand-Tucci, The Gods of Copley Square, lecture series, 2009, sponsored by Back Bay Historical/Boston-centric Global Studies and the New England Historical Genealogical Society
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-15. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  7. ^ Jim Botticelli (2014). Dirty Old Boston: Four Decades of a City in Transition. Boston: Union Park Press. p. 115. ISBN 9781934598122. 
  8. ^ Powers, John (April 16, 2010). "Evolution of the Boston Marathon finish line". Boston Globe. Retrieved 19 October 2012. 
  9. ^ Boston Marathon Memorial, Boston Art Commission, 100 Public Artworks, p. 3

Further reading[edit]

  • Aldrich, Megan. Gothic Revival. Phaidon Press Ltd: 1994. ISBN 0-7148-2886-6.
  • Bunting, Bainbridge. Houses of Boston's Back Bay: An Architectural History, 1840-1917. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press: 1967. ISBN 0-674-40901-9.
  • Forbes, Esther, and Arthur Griffin. The Boston Book. Houghton Mifflin Company: 1947.
  • Holtz Kay, Jane. Lost Boston. Houghton Mifflin: 1999. ISBN 0-395-96610-8.
  • Shand-Tucci, Douglass. "The Gods of Copley Square: Dawn of the Modern American Experience, 1865-1915", www.backbayhistorical.org/Blog, 2009.
  • Shand-Tucci, Douglass. "Built in Boston, City and Suburb, 1800-2000". Little, Brown. (Third edition) 1999.
  • Shand-Tucci, Douglass. "Renaissance Rome and Emersonian Boston: Michelangelo and Sargent, between Triumph and Doubt", Anglican Theological Review, Fall 2002, 995-1008.
  • "Greetings from Copley Square: A Chronology in Postcards", Exhibitions, Boston Public Library, 2010 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 42°21′00″N 71°04′34″W / 42.350°N 71.076°W / 42.350; -71.076 (Copley Square, Boston)

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