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Post Office Square Park

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1990–1991 park structures and garage, Ellenzweig Associates; The Halverson Co., landscape. Post Office Sq.
  • Post Office Square Park

A visit to this urban oasis on a fine day will testify to its success. Organized in 1983, the Friends of Post Office Square sponsored a design competition for a much needed urban green space. At the heart of the Financial District, the “pocket park” has become the nexus of an irregular and confusing street pattern, replacing a three-story parking structure. A triangular garden space is set against a rich variety of twentieth-century buildings—the Art Deco Post Office and Federal Courthouse Building (FD1) and Verizon Telephone Headquarters, the Beaux-Arts Langham Hotel (FD4), and the red granite of the Bank of America tower (FD16.1). This welcome public space rests on a seven-level, below-grade garage, with a pedestrian entrance marked by one of two gazebo-like garden pavilions (the other serving as a café). A fountain, a pergola, and walls of planting enhance this meeting place and retreat for the denizens of the surrounding office towers.

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Author: 
Keith N. Morgan
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Keith N. Morgan, "Post Office Square Park", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/MA-01-FD3.

Print Source

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, 64-65.

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