Copley Square – Item 3 of 3


Louis H. Ruyl, Public Library – Copley Sq., 1908. Courtesy Print Department.

American etcher and illustrator Louis Ruyl captured this scene of a bustling Copley Square from the steps of Trinity Church, as pedestrians, trolleys, and cars travel through the busy square in this 1908 drawing.  The Boston Public Library had been in operation at this location for sixteen years, and with the Museum of Fine Arts adjacent to the library, the area was also known as “Art Square.”  With its many cultural institutions, Back Bay, and Copley Square in particular, became the artistic and intellectual hub of the city in the Gilded Age.