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Angell Memorial Park

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1912, Peabody and Stearns; 1957, Shurcliff and Merrill; 1982, Earl R. Flansburgh and Associates. Post Office Sq.

Peabody and Stearns originally designed this 7,500-square-foot plaza, the only open space in this section of the city before the creation of the adjacent Post Office Square Park (FD3). Directly opposite the Post Office and Federal Courthouse (FD1), its central circular granite fountain was built to provide water for horses in a park dedicated to the memory of George Thorndike Angell, founder of the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The sixty-foot staff at the apex of the site, once a flagpole for the post office, still serves as the defining node. When the surrounding landscape fell into disrepair, City Life, Boston, a team of architects and artists, lobbied for the new, award-winning design. Currently, geometric granite seating blocks, a sculpted “creature pool,” and greenery enhance the area.

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Keith N. Morgan
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Keith N. Morgan, "Angell Memorial Park", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MA-01-FD2.

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Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 64-64.

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