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Copley Square – Item 1 of 3

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G. W. Bromley & Co., “Part of Wards 11, 17 & 18,” plate P from Atlas of the City of Boston, Vol. 1, City Proper, 1883.



As seen in this 1883 map, Copley Square was once a large triangle.  The unique shape of the Square was a result of its location at the junction of the older South End’s and the newer Back Bay’s street grids.  Huntington Avenue met Boylston Street at a 45 degree angle, creating a number of triangular spaces in the region. Traffic passed through the square on Huntington Avenue until the late 1960s; however, in the 1980s the area was redesigned to appear as it does today, complete with a large green space for all to enjoy.

 

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