History of Copley Square


The Museum of Fine Arts stood where the Copley Plaza Hotel stands today.


New Old South Church was completed.


Trinity Church opened its doors.


The name was changed from Art Square to Copley Square (after Boston's well-known artist)


The Boston Public Library completed the architectural framework surrounding the square.


The City proposed closing off Huntington to join the existing triangles into a "square." The result was a sunken park, which would be less noisy and offer seclusion from busy street life.


After residents and businesses formed the Copley Square Centennial Committee, the City launched a series of public workshops to establish guidelines for a new park.


A national competition resulted in the current design which was dedicated in this year. The Fountain and the irrigation system were installed.


The Friends of Copley Square was founded as the logical successor to the Copley Square Centennial Committee, whose work of redesign and reconstruction of Copley Square had been accomplished between 1983 and 1991.


The statue of John Singleton Copley installed to honor the Colonial artist whose name graces the area.  The Virginia artist Lewis Cohen created the statue.


The Friends of Copley Square revitalizing itself reengaging the neighborhood residents and business people who value the Square's unique qualities and the many varied activities planned for the Square throughout the Year, working in partnership with the City of BostonParks Department.

Copley Square - The Story of Boston's Art Square.

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