Friday, February 29, 2008
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Nurse's Hall II
Here is another view of Nurse's Hall.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008
Built largely of Pavonazzo marble, this room in the State House is called Nurses' Hall because of the statue of an Army war nurse. Sculpted in 1914 by Bela Pratt, it was the first statue erected in honor of the women of the North after the Civil War.
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
House of Representatives
Chamber of the Massachusetts State House. It is in this room that the larger of the two legislative bodies conducts its business. The Speaker of the House is elected by the representatives and presides from the elevated chair behind the podium. Representatives can vote electronically by pushing a green "yea" or a red "nay" button on their desks. The results of the vote appear next to each representative's name on the boards in the front of the room.
The room is paneled in Honduras mahogany. Behind the Speaker's podium are the Albert Herter murals, "Milestones on the Road to Freedom." The names on the ceiling cornice commemorate men who made important contributions to the commonwealth and the nation prior to 1895.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Massachusetts State House
The Bulfinch State House was completed on January 11, 1798 and was widely acclaimed as one of the more magnificent and well-situated buildings in the country. Its dome dominated the Boston skyline until the advent of the skyscraper.
In 1713 the seat of the Massachusetts government was the old State House at the corner of King (now Washington) and State streets.
The site chosen for the new State House, close to the summit of the south side of Beacon Hill overlooking Boston Common and the Back Bay, originally served as a cow pasture for the Revolutionary patriot and governor John Hancock. Charles Bulfinch was chosen to design the building. He later contributed to the plans of the Capitol in Washington.
More information on this week's posts about the Massachusetts State House can be found here.
Sunday, February 24, 2008
House of the Seven Gables
This is the famous 1668 mansion made famous by Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel the House of the Seven Gables.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
Salem Custom House
Built in 1818, the Custom House is typical of the Federal style of building. However, the building is more noted for one of its employees, Nathaniel Hawthorne, the author of the Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables.
Friday, February 22, 2008
If it's Friday ... it must be a door
In homage to Isadora's Wednesday series, here is the doorway of the Stephen Daniels Guest House in Salem, Massachusetts.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Old West Church
Old West Church on Cambridge Street, at the foot of Beacon Hill. It was in this church that the phrase, "No taxation without representation" was first coined. You can read a history of the church from its own website here.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
South Shore Yacht Club at Abigail Adams Park in Weymouth.
Monday, February 18, 2008
Acorn Street: President's Day
Classic shot of a cobblestoned Beacon Hill street.
Sunday, February 17, 2008
This is a shot of Quincy Market from December '07.
Saturday, February 16, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
One of the street vendors outside Park Street subway station.
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
The first piece of public art on the Common was the Brewer Fountain, donated by Gardner Brewer in 1868. The fountain is a bronze replica of a French original that won a gold medal at the 1855 Paris World’s Fair. The figures represent mythological figures associated with water: Neptune, Amphitrite, Asis, and Galatea.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Duck's eye view
This is an over the shoulder duck's eye view of the Public Garden's Make way for ducklings. Here is a different view of the ducklings.
Monday, February 11, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
I saw a tree being removed from the Public Garden this week. I don't know whether it was diseased, or damaged in a recent storm, but it was a little shocking to see one of those magnificent trees chopped down.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Friday, February 8, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Here is another view of the George Washington statue.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Boston Common Gates
Gates at the corner of Beacon and Charles Streets.
Monday, February 4, 2008
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Arlington Street Church
This is a view of the Arlington Street Church on Arlington Street, just across the street from the Public Garden.
The present Arlington Street Church-building was constructed between 1859-1861 on newly filled land in Boston's Back Bay by members of the historic Federal Street Church. The church is noted for its Tiffany windows.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
NStar workers at the corner of Charles and Boylston Streets.
Friday, February 1, 2008
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