Copley Square

Your Guide
Deneen Crosby, ASLA

Copley Square, located in Boston's Back Bay neighborhood, is one of the most frequently visited public spaces in the city. Surrounded by some of Boston's most notable architecture—including Trinity Church (1877), the Boston Public Library (1889), the New Old South Church (1873), Copley Fairmont Hotel (1912), and the John Hancock Tower (1976)—the site was once diagonally bisected by Huntington Avenue, a major street. As a result of a 1965 city master plan that proposed closing Huntington Avenue, the streets were reconfigured to reconnect the two halves of Copley Square, which now serves as the front yard to these beautiful adjacent buildings.

The current design is by Dean Abbott, who won an international design competition for the site in the 1980s. The landscape design was implemented by Clarke & Rapuano.

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