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Changes coming to Copley Square

If you’ve walked past the Back Bay square you might have noticed some changes in the works. Here’s a breakdown of what’s happening at Copley Square.

A poster on the construction fence at Copley Square.

The historic area is getting an upgrade.

Photo by BOStoday

Change is the only constant, and there are some major changes happening in Copley Square. Walking past the fenced off area, you can catch a glimpse of all the updates that are in the works. Here’s a breakdown of the project’s scope.

Copley’s History
But first, let’s rewind to 1857 when the Back Bay area formerly known as Elysian Fields was first created. The space was made up of a group of seven parcels of land, and since there were no rules from the BPDA at the time, the layout is a mix of triangles, angles, and alleyways. It served as the Art Square for many years, a cultural hub at the corner of Huntington and Bolyston streets.

In 1883 the City of Boston designated the space as Copley Square. It was named to honor the famed Boston artist John Singleton Copley, who was best known for his portraits of New England’s elite and local legends like Paul Revere.

Back to present day updates. Renovations to Copley Square Park have begun and there is a $16.9 million transformation in the works. This project is expected to take ~16 months, and the community space will reopen in fall 2024.

Upon completion the plaza will feature a new fountain, lawn, lighting, and planting areas. There will be a raised seating area to protect existing trees, known as the Raised Grove, along with paved pathways and open plaza space. Plus, the memorials and art will be refurbished.

We’ll keep our hard hats out and share updates as progress continues.