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Encyclopedia > Copley Square
Trinity Church with the Old John Hancock Tower in Copley Square
Trinity Church with the Old John Hancock Tower in Copley Square
Trinity Church reflected in the windows of the John Hancock Tower
Trinity Church reflected in the windows of the John Hancock Tower


Copley Square is an area of the Back Bay district of Boston, Massachusetts. The name refers to the city square bounded by Boylston Street, Dartmouth Street, St. James Street, and Clarendon St. The Boston Public Library, Old South Church, Copley Trinity Church, and the John Hancock Tower are all arrayed around the square. It is near the finish line of the Boston Marathon (and has a statue honoring the marathon in its park), and is named for John Singleton Copley, an early American portrait artist. The name may also refer to the region around the square in general. Download high resolution version (430x648, 103 KB)photo by Einar Einarsson Kvaran Henry Hobson Richardson File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Download high resolution version (430x648, 103 KB)photo by Einar Einarsson Kvaran Henry Hobson Richardson File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Trinity Church is a common name for churches of many Christian denominations, especially in the Anglican Communion. ... Old John Hancock Tower, 200 Berkeley St. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 457 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (470 × 617 pixel, file size: 103 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Henry Hobson Richardson... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 457 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (470 × 617 pixel, file size: 103 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Henry Hobson Richardson... Trinity Church is a common name for churches of many Christian denominations, especially in the Anglican Communion. ... John Hancock Tower, 200 Clarendon St. ... This article is about the neighborhood of Back Bay. ... Nickname: City on the Hill, Beantown, Athens of America, The Hub (of the Universe)1 Location in Massachusetts, USA Counties Suffolk County  - Mayor Thomas M. Menino (D) Area    - City  89. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... Boylston Street is the name of a major east-west thoroughfare in the city of Boston, Massachusetts and its western suburbs. ... The 100th running of the Boston Marathon, 1996 The Boston Marathon is an annual marathon sporting event hosted by the city of Boston, Massachusetts, on Patriots Day, the third Monday of April. ... Portrait of Copley by Gilbert Stuart. ...


The word "square" means an open area at the meeting of two or more streets. By contrast, Copley Square has been a square in the usual sense of the word since 1994, when its street pattern was reconfigured to create what is now Copley Square Park. Before 1916, it was the site of the campus of MIT, which moved across the river to Cambridge in that year. The early Museum of Fine Arts was also originally located on the square. In the United States, a town square is an area in the middle of a traditional town consisting of a park or plaza and surrounded by small shops. ... Mapúa Institute of Technology (MIT, MapúaTech or simply Mapúa) is a private, non-sectarian, Filipino tertiary institute located in Intramuros, Manila. ... Paul Gauguin, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (Doù venons-nous? Que faisons-nous? Où allons-nous?) (1897). ...


The Buildings of Copley Square

This is one of Richardson's crowning achievements and a unique example of his style. In 1893, Baedeker's United States called it "deservedly regarded as one of the finest buildings in America." Trinity Church is a common name for churches of many Christian denominations, especially in the Anglican Communion. ... Library, North Easton, MA Henry Hobson Richardson (1838 - 1886) was the outstanding American architect of his day, one of a half-dozen most influential American architects. ...

The Boston Public Library with the Prudential Building behind it to the right

It is a leading example of the Beaux-Arts style in the US. Sited across Copley Square from Trinity Church, it was intended to be "a palace for the people." Baedeker's 1893 guide terms it "dignified and imposing, simple and scholarly," and "a worthy mate... to Trinity Church." At that time, its 600,000 volumes made it the largest free public library in the world. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 781 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2304 × 1728 pixel, file size: 781 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) I, the creator of this work, hereby release it into the public domain. ... The Boston Public Librarys McKim building The Boston Public Library was established in 1848. ... Prudential Tower in 2005. ... The Boston Public Librarys McKim building The Boston Public Library was established in 1848. ... From left to right: Will Mead, Charles McKim and Stan White McKim, Mead, and White was the premier architectural firm in the eastern United States at the turn of the twentieth century. ... École des Beaux Arts refers to several art France. ... Karl Baedeker (not Baedecker) (3 November 1801 - 4 October 1859) was a publisher whose company set the standard for authoritative guidebooks for tourists. ...

The northwest corner of Copley Square, showing Charles Follen McKim's Boston Public Library on the left, and Charles Amos Cummings' New Old South Church to the right
The northwest corner of Copley Square, showing Charles Follen McKim's Boston Public Library on the left, and Charles Amos Cummings' New Old South Church to the right

Located across the street from the Boston Public Library, It was designed by the Boston architectural firm of Cummings and Sears in the Venetian Gothic style. The style follows the precepts of the British cultural theorist and architectural critic John Ruskin (1819 – 1900) as outlined in his treatise The Stones of Venice. Old South Church remains a significant example of Ruskin's influence on architecture in the US. Charles Amos Cummings and Willard T. Sears also designed the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2112 × 2816 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 450 × 600 pixel Image in higher resolution (2112 × 2816 pixel, file size: 2. ... Charles Follen McKim, portrait by Frances Benjamin Johnston. ... The Boston Public Librarys McKim building The Boston Public Library was established in 1848. ... Lantern and exterior chancel wall at Old South Church in Boston. ... Northwest corner of Copley Square showing Charles Follen McKims Boston Public Library on the left, and Chalres Amos Cummings Old South Church to the right. ... Northwest corner of Copley Square showing Charles Follen McKims Boston Public Library on the left, and Chalres Amos Cummings Old South Church to the right. ... Lantern and exterior chancel wall at Old South Church in Boston. ... Upper: Steel-plate engraving of Ruskin as a young man, made circa 1845, scanned from print made circa 1895. ... Lantern and exterior chancel wall at Old South Church in Boston. ... The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is a museum in Boston, Massachusetts with a collection of over 2,500 works of European, Asian and American art, including paintings, sculpture, tapestries, and decorative arts. ...

This building sits on the site of the the first monumental building on the square was the Museum of Fine Arts building. Begun in 1870, it opened in 1876, with a large portion of its collection taken from the Boston Athenaeum Art Gallery. It was designed in a Gothic Revival style of red brick and stone. The hotel that replaced it was designed in a restrained Beaux-Arts, neo-Renaissance style that belies its sumptuous interiors. The hotel's architect, Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, also designed other famous hotels, including the Willard Hotel in Washington D.C. Copley Plaza Hotel in downtown Boston, Massachusetts was founded in 1912. ... Henry Janeway Hardenbergh (February 6, 1847 - March 18, 1918) was a U.S.-american architect, best known for having designed The Dakota luxury-apartment building and the Plaza Hotel, both near Central Park in Manhattan in New York City. ... Paul Gauguin, Where Do We Come From? What Are We? Where Are We Going? (Doù venons-nous? Que faisons-nous? Où allons-nous?) (1897). ... Victoria Tower at the Palace of Westminster, London: Gothic details provided by A.W.N. Pugin The Gothic revival was a European architectural movement with origins in mid-18th century England. ... ... Château de Ferrières 1855 Mentmore Towers English Neo-Renaissance of the 1850s. ... Henry Janeway Hardenbergh (February 6, 1847 - March 18, 1918) was a U.S.-american architect, best known for having designed The Dakota luxury-apartment building and the Plaza Hotel, both near Central Park in Manhattan in New York City. ...

It is a 60 storey high dark blue glass tower with a plan in the form of a narrow parallelogram. Initially a controversial building, it is now considered an excellent example of skyscaper design. John Hancock Tower, 200 Clarendon St. ... The Louvre Pyramid, Paris Ieoh Ming Pei (Chinese: 貝聿銘; Pinyin: Bèi Yùmíng; b. ...


Transportation

Copley is a stop on the MBTA Green Line subway; the Orange Line and commuter rail trains stop at nearby Back Bay Station. Copley Station is a stop along the Green Line downtown subway of the MBTA. It is located under Copley Square, with entrances and exits along Boylston and Clarendon streets. ... Two trains at Park Street. ... The Orange Line is one of the four subway lines of the MBTA. It extends from Forest Hills in Jamaica Plain, Boston in the south to Oak Grove in Malden, Massachusetts in the north. ... Back Bay Station, located at 145 Dartmouth Street, between Stuart Street and Columbus Avenue, in Back Bay, Boston, is an important transportation center. ...


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Copley Square - definition of Copley Square in Encyclopedia (206 words)
In the greater Boston area, the word square is often used to refer merely to an intersection of two streets that has been named in somebody's honor and labelled by a sign announcing the name.
Copley Square is the terminus of the Boston Marathon.
Copley Square is a stop on the MBTA Green Line subway; the Orange Line and commuter rail trains stop at nearby Back Bay Station.
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