We asked you which ongoing city construction has you curious, and the answer was overwhelmingly City Hall Plaza. Here’s what to know about the ambitious renovation plans.
City Hall is our city’s biggest example of brutalist architecture. As the name suggests, this style can seem a bit intimidating, which prompted Boston to reinvent the plaza around the building. The goal is to make the community space more accessible + welcoming.
Multiple paths and entrances are in the works to help pave the way towards civic engagement. The new main entrance will open up the currently inaccessible stairs and add some much needed seating around the plaza. There will also be two additional gateways at Congress + Cambridge streets.
We can also look forward to new elements like:
- A “destination playspace” by the north entry.
- An updated speaker’s corner for mayoral addresses + flag raisings.
- A new civic pavilion on Congress Street (with public restrooms).
Plus, the City is going green and meeting resilience standards by adding more permeable surfaces to soak up stormwater, planting 100 new trees + installing more efficient LED lighting.
When will we get to experience these upgrades? Crews broke ground on the first phase of construction in July of 2020, initially sharing an expected turnaround time of two years — we’re staying tuned for progress updates.