Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Stone bench


Stone bench on the mall at Commonwealth Ave.

Some visitors have asked about the inscription on the bench, and I realize I should have provided that information before, but here it is now.

In memory of Charles Pagelsen Howard, 1887-1966
Lawyer Soldier Public Servant and Defender of the Artistic Intergrity of Commonwealth Avenue

Presented to the City of Boston [by] The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay and Friends

12 comments:

cieldequimper said...

That's a lovely bench. I can't quite read the writing on it, anything interesting?

hi, i'm nancy! said...

ditto what cieldequimper said.

also, wow. boston sure does has a lot of lovely blue sky. (where'd boston get all that sky?)

brattcat said...

What a great photograph with shades of gray in both snow and stone.

Cezar and Léia said...

Fantastic design! I think it could be great in the garden or by the pool.
Léia

Juergen Kuehn said...

Perfect and plesant image build-up.

Clueless in boston said...

Hi All, thanks for visiting.
In answer to your questions cieldequimper and hi, i'm nancy!, the bench is a memorial to Boston native and 1909 Harvard graduate Charles Howard.

This is the inscription on the bench:

In memory of Charles Pagelsen Howard, 1887-1966

Lawyer Soldier Public Servant
and Defender of the Artistic Intergrity of Commonwealth Avenue

Presented to the City of Boston [by] The Neighborhood Association of the Back Bay and Friends

Marie-Noyale said...

I have the response to my question now!
I'll wait for warmer afternoons to take a sit and enjoy the view!

amatamari said...

beautiful image!
must be nice sitting in there...
:-)
thanks!

Malyss said...

What a beautyful bench ! I've a blog which speaks about benches ;would you allow me to link to your blog to show it to my readers? I like your blog, you 've got a special eyes on your town and the pictures are really lovely.I think I'll be back and take the time to explore it..

Jacob said...

A fine piece of Bostonia...nice photo!

PERBS said...

Came here from Malyssa's bench blog. . .she is a regular visitor to my bench blog also. I absolutely love your bench post! Thanks for sharing the words also. I especially like the "heart" design on the legs. It is one gorgeous bench! I am so glad she sent me over here to look.

Eric said...

Charles P. Howard lived a few blocks away, at 124 Beacon Street. He served for many years in the State House, in both the executive and legislative branches, including a term as President of the State Senate. The bench was given in recognition for his leadership in limiting high-rise buildings in the surrounding neighborhood and preventing the demolition of the brownstone buildings that make the Back Bay a unique place to live.