Copley Square – Item 2 of 3

Copley Square, 1909. Courtesy Print Department.

Designated as Copley Square in 1883, this open space named for colonial artist John Singleton Copley has always served as a gathering place for locals and visitors alike.  However, the square looked much different in the early 20th century than it does today.  As portrayed in this 1909 panoramic photograph, the area was once a large triangle, with Huntington Avenue cutting completely across the square to Boylston Street.  Taken from the corner of Boylston and Clarendon Streets, this photograph documents the buildings that once stood in “Art Square,” including the S.S. Pierce Building and the Museum of Fine Arts.