Shining a Spotlight on Copley Square
Copley Square is located in Boston’s Back Bay area. It’s named after a painter named John Singleton Copley who was born in Boston in 1738. A bronze statue of Copley stands on the northern end of the square. If you’re looking for somewhere to spend the day, there is plenty to see and do in Copley Square.
History of Copley Square
Located within the boundaries of Boylston Street, Clarendon Street, St. James Avenue, and Dartmouth Street, Copley Square was known as Art Square until 1883, but took its present form in 1961. The Square has a number of beautiful and historically important landmarks including the Boston Public Library (1895), the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel (1912), and Trinity Church (1877). The Three John Hancock Buildings (built in 1922, 1947 and 1976) are also in the area.
The attention grabbing landmarks, mentioned above, are all worth a visit. The Boston Public Library features an open-air courtyard in the center of the building as well as murals and monumental inscriptions. Trinity Church is continually on the list of top ten buildings in America. It’s clay roof, tall tower, and arches provide a European look and feel. Copley Square is also known for holding the finish line to the Boston Marathon. The famous race has ended here since 1986.
Eat at One of the Restaurants
There are plenty of restaurants to enjoy in Copley Square and in the surrounding area. Here’s a look at some good choices:
- Luke’s Lobster Back Bay. This is a counter-style seafood restaurant that serves Maine-style lobster rolls, clam chowder, and salad, and it is a great spot for a quick bite.
- Sorrellina. If you’re looking for a more sophisticated dinner where you can take your time, you might want to check out Sorellina. This Italian-Mediterranean restaurant serves seafood dishes, pasta dishes, and a selection of appetizers.
- Douzo Sushi. This is a trendy Japanese restaurant where you can enjoy your food with some great cocktails.
- The Map Room Café. If you’re at the Boston Public Library, consider grabbing lunch at this café. It can be found inside the library near the indoor courtyard and offers sandwiches, soups, and pastries.
What to do in Copley Square
Copley Square is an excellent place to do some shopping! There are 75 stores ranging from Tiffany & Co. to Burberry to smaller boutiques.
When it’s nice outside, a walk around the Square is a good way to spend some time. Snap photographs of the iconic buildings and have a picnic or read a book on the grass. The fountain at Copley Square (added in 1991) is an ideal spot for relaxing after walking around. Don’t miss seeing the Khalil Gibran Plaque (1977). The plaque is found across from the McKim Building where Gibran was educated.
There is an abundance of activities to do in Copley Square, from having a picnic in the grass, to shopping, to learning about this history!