Saturday, April 24, 2010
The Development Of Current City Square Park
In 1987 The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management appointed a staff person to assist the community in beginning the process to create a park out of the BRA's Parcel 5. In 1988, the City Square Park Committee was established and in late 1989, funds for the planning, design, and construction of the park were secured largely thanks for State Representative Voke. On July 9, 1992, City Square Park was designated a Boston Landmark site. The City Square tunnels were completed in 1992, and surface restoration followed in 1993.
The Halvorson Company, Inc. was hired to carry out the preliminary and final park design for City Square. Responding to input from Charlestown residents, the Halvorson team worked in association with David Phillps to satisfy the community's concerns by incorporating into the design sculptural pieces and park ornamentations with associations to Charlestown's rich history.
On April 11, 1994 , the City Square Park Committee became the Friends of City Square Park, with a governing board of 20 assistants, and with Ken Stone serving as governor. Groundbreaking took place on the frosty morning of April 5, 1995.
Outline of the Great House Foundation
Located in the center of the park. The Great House was built in
The Park Gateways
The park’s gateway posts display include medallions that honor the extraordinary accomplishments of famous men and women who lived in
Located in front of Gate 2. Marks the start of the judiciary system in this state. Near here, on August 23, 1630, Governor John Winthrop and members of the Massachusetts Bay Company organized the Court of Assistants, forerunner of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.
Paul Revere Memorial Plaque
Located on the
Word War II Memorial
Located just beyond Gate 4. This simple obelisk, repeating the form of the
City Square Park Gateways and Medallions
The Medallions at each Gateway honor distinguished figures in Charlestown History. There are 4 Gates, each with several associated names.
GATE 1: GOVERNMENT
Edward Everett (1794-1865) Orator and statesman, he held numerous offices including U.S. Congressman and Senator, Governor of Massachusetts, Ambassador to Britain, Secretary of State, and President of Harvard College. The Federal-style Everett House on
Nathaniel Gorham (1738-1796) Merchant and statesman, he served in the Massachusetts General Court and Senate. Later, a President of the Continental Congress and a member of the Federal Constitutional Convention, he was a signer of the U.S. Constitution. Born in
GATE 2 ARTS AND HUMANITIES
Elizabeth Foster Goose (1665-1757) The original American "Mother Goose:, her fairy tales and nursery rhymes were gathered into a book and published by her son-in-law, a printer, 1719. She was born in
John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890) Irish patriot, poet, writer and editor of The Pilot, the major Irish newspaper in
GATE 3 SCIENCE AND COMMERCE
Loammi Baldwin (1780-1838) Considered the Father of Civil Engineering in
Samuel F. B. Morse (1791-1872) Artist and inventor, he enjoyed modest success as a painter, but is best known as inventor of the telegraph and Morse code. He was born in the Edes House on
GATE 4 EDUCATION
Dr. Jebidiah Morse (1761-1826) Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Charlestown for 30 years, he is considered the Father of American Geography due to his authorship of the first major texts on geography published in America. The texts were widely used in schools. The Morse residence was on
William Carleton (17797-1876) Benefactor of Carleton College in
John Harvard (1607-1638) Born in
Charles Tufts (1781-1876) He helped found