John Hancock Tower: the tallest building in New England
I feel satisfied with the trip having had my one hour! Copley Square is a great location to take in beautiful architecture, history, and Newbury Street. I was inspired by a few themes on my walk.....here they are:
Opulent 19th century architecture:
Boston Public Library.....I can't imagine studying in a building this beautiful. It's a truly inspiring place to simply walk around and take in with its ornate ceilings, divine chandeliers, beautiful murals, bold statues, arches galore, and an amazing collection of ancient books (including first edition William Shakespeare, John Adams' personal library, records of Colonial Boston and medieval manuscripts).
Old South Church.
Boston Public Library. I love the symmetry of the curved ceiling and the (obviously curved) clock.
This room left me speechless. How do take in that much detail? The ceiling was lined with thin, embellished beams, every bit of wall space was covered in murals, chandeliers, marble fire places....this is a library?
I love the decadent simplicity of this chandelier/muraled ceiling combo.
The contrast between old and new:
I'm standing in front of this old building, ogling the beautiful glass and gold encrusted woodwork.....only to look down and realize this beautiful building is an at&t store. Only in New England.
The Old South Church (1874) reflected in the Hancock building (1976).