City Square, Charlestown Liberty Square Park Copley Place Exterior

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The Neiman Marcus Plaza focal point, just off-camera to the left, currently contains sculptured horses in the center of this circular paved pedestal. A monumental sculpture, which might have been visually appropriate to the space, was structurally impossible because the pedestal is located directly over the Massachusetts Turnpike and the weight of a large sculpture could not be supported.
Paul Grant
Copley Place Associates
Boston, MA
Copley Place was built as a mixed-use project to include shopping galleries, offices, and a 1,432 car garage. Virtually all of the exterior portion of Copley Place visible in these four photos was built on air rights over the Massachusetts Turnpike and MBTA commuter rail services. Pavements had to be placed atop ultra-lightweight fill to minimize the dead load on the deck structure, and plantings were placed in light-weight planting medium for the same reason. Though it is approached from Dartmouth and Huntington Streets as an at-grade project, it is actually built essentially as a rooftop structure, with all the difficulties associated with that type of construction.
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