A great visit for tourist and locals alike. Free tours daily. Beautiful architecture and free concerts in the summer in the courtyard. Tons of history, and as a bonus,a ton of books and very knowledgeable staff if you actually need to learn something!
A magnificent building, the architecture is simply stunning. This is definitely a must visit place, I was blown away by the beauty and grandeur of the place. There is some beautiful artwork on display also. It is worth checking at the information desk as you enter the library as there are often free tours of the building.
There is also a beautiful courtyard which has a really good place to eat.
Open daily. Free admittance.
The Fairmont Copley Hotel is the most luxe hotel destination in Boston and was opened in 1912 and it has the distinction the first hotel in the United States that accepts Credit Cards, the first Air Conditioned Hotel and the First to accept International Reservations. You Can enter this historic hotel for free but eating here is very expensive as it is rated as Forbes three-star, AAA four-diamond hotel. Rooms here go for more than $ 400 a night for a regular de luxe room and eating at the Oak Long Bar & kitchen will set you back $ 60 or more per person.
Bus Trolley Stop at Copley Square across the Street
Nearest MBTA Station: Boston Back Bay Station and Copley Station
according to wikipedia:
The hotel's architect was Henry Janeway Hardenbergh, who also designed other hotels, including the Willard Hotel in Washington D.C. and the Plaza Hotel in New York City, the Copley Plaza's sister hotel. The seven-floor hotel is constructed of limestone and buff brick in the Beaux-Arts style. The E-shaped building is supported by pilings driven to a depth of 70 feet (21 m) below the street level.
When it opened in 1912, the Boston Mayor John F. Fitzgerald presided over a reception of over a thousand guests. Rooms had been booked as early as 16 months in advance. It first manager, who also lived at the hotel, served for 22 years and he and the hotel were so prominent as to merit an obituary in the New York Times. It became for some years the site of the annual Harvard-Yale dance and other post-football dances, denounced by the authorities of local women's colleges who forbade their students from attending: "These dances have nothing to do with the colleges in question, but have merely a financial interest in them. There is not doubt that they are of an extremely questionable nature owing to the fact that they are entirely opened to the public."
The Copley Square in the Back Bay District of Boston is one of the Public Parks of Boston and was named after a famous Painter named John Singleton Copley. This small quadrangular Square is bounded by Boylston Street, Clarendon Street, St. James Avenue, and Dartmouth Street and this area became famous because of a number of Famous Landmarks around the Square like the Hancock Tower, Old South Church, Boston Public Library, the Trinity Church and The Historic Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel (where the Boston Cream Pie was invented, thanks for the info Chef Emeril Lagasse). It also gained notoriety in April 15, 2013 as it was the site of the Boston Marathon Bombing.
Around the Square are many Retail Shops and Luxe Stores and the Westin Copley Square were I Stayed for 2 days.
Bus Trolley Stop Present
Nearest MBTA Station: Copley Station and Boston Back Bay Station
Currently there is a very ad hoc and probably temporary memorial which will probably disappear when the final memorial is planned, but for now a visit to Copley Square will show you that Boston is, indeed, STRONG.
Copley Place is usually a stop for us when we are in Boston. Both my wife and I enjoy a bit of retail therapy and this is a plce to get it done. This shopping center caters to more upscale stores and vendors such as: Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York, Tiffany & Co., Jimmy Choo, Intimacy, Tourneau, Salvatore Ferragamo, Porsche Design, David Yurman, A|X Armani Exchange, Louis Vuitton, Emporio Armani, Christian Dior and Burberry.
Our last visit to this mall we had fun checking out some watches and jewelry for a special occasion. The mall also had some artwork and sculpture on display in the main centrum by the fountain.
We've walked through Copley Square many times and I never noticed these scuptures of the Tortoise and the Hare...Probably because they seem to belong there and are not large or obtrusive workd of art. The pieces are small enough for kids to navigate and climb on; which many of them actually were doing.
Phillips Brooks was anclergyman and author, who briefly served as Bishop of Massachusetts in the Episcopal Church during the early 1890s. Brooks was born in Boston in 1835. On April 30, 1891 he was elected sixth Bishop of Massachusetts, and on the 14 October was consecrated to that office in Trinity Church. He died unmarried in 1893, after an episcopate of only 15 months. His death was a major event in the history of Boston. One observer reported: "They buried him like a king. Harvard students carried his body on their shoulders. All barriers of denomination were down. Roman Catholics and Unitarians felt that a great man had fallen in Israel."
His statue by Trinity Church is rather striking. The statue's expession looks angry as if he was a preacher of the "fire and brimstone" variety.
Copley Square is named for the American portraitist John Singleton Copley. There is a sttue of the artist in the square. Copely Ssuare is bordered by The Old South Church, Trinity Church, Boston Public Library, Museum of Fine Arts and the John Hancock Tower.
Liz and I walked through the Sqaure admiring the churches, statues and architecture of the area. The square was busy with people walking through, riding bikes and even skating by. It was also a big draw for people with dogs which accounted for the mess on the floor.
Trinity Church located "back Bay" section of Boston was built in 1877. The church is in the Romanesque Revival Style. The church is situated in Copley Square, in the shadow of the John Hancock Tower. The church reflects in the mirrored panels of the building which makes for a nice picture. The interior of the chucrch has some magnificent stained glass windows that is a must see for any fan of art.
Trinity Church is the only church in the United States and the only building in Boston that has been honored as one of the "Ten Most Significant Buildings in the United States" by the American Institute of Architects. It is also a National Historic Landmark.
John Singleton Copely was a famous American Portrait artist in colonial America. He is know for his relaitic portraits and his ability to capture the realism of his subjects. A statue of him is in Copley Square which is name for him.
Located at Copley Square the old Trinity Church stands alongside the modern Hancock Building. The church was completed in 1887 and has long been known as one of Boston's most significant buildings from an architectural standpoint. Visitors are awestruck by the magnificent stained-glass windows which were created in various styles by some of Europe's best glass workshops.
Did you know Trinity Church was built on a landfill and its foundation is supported by thousands of wood pilings driven through the trash into the solid clay beneath?