Friday, May 31, 2013

William Lloyd Garrison

William Lloyd Garrison was a prominent Boston Abolitionist, social reformer and journalist of the 19th century. He is best known as the editor of the abolitionist newspaper The Liberator, and was one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society. He promoted "immediate emancipation" of slaves in the United States. Garrison was also a prominent voice for the women's suffrage movement.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Memorial Bench

Memorial Bench on Commonwealth Avenue. Inscription reads: In Memory of Rev. William Herbert Dewart, LHD 1862-1941 And of His Wife, Elizabeth Haven Dewart, 1877-1944. Bench location: near Dartmouth Street by the Vendome Fire Memorial on the Mall.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Liberty Hotel

The Charles Street Jail was closed in 1990 and acquired by neighboring Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). The X-shaped jail building has been totally renovated and re-christened as the luxury four star Liberty Hotel. The Jail's historical facade of gray Quincy Granite has been kept and a few of the original jail cells have also been restored and are supposed to be on view in the hotel lobby area. Bars on the window have been kept to enhance the flavor of the original building; how Disneyesque of the developers. Spend a night in Jail with bars on the windows all for only $500-$1000 a night, though you might be able to get a lower price with one of their many specials. I've always thought it personally advantageous not spending time in Jail, except of course when playing the game of Monopoly.
Slight reflection may be noticeable because I took the photo through glass from the Charles Street T Station.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Memorial Day

A garden of nearly 33,000 flags has been setup on the Boston Common in observance of Memorial Day. Each flag in the display, which was sponsored by the Massachusetts Military Heroes Fund, represents a fallen service member from Massachusetts. Another view of the flags on Light Impressions.

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Brewer Fountain

Water in the fountain was finally turned on this week. One of my favorite subjects to photograph in the city made to look as I imagine it looked about 100 years ago. The 22-foot-tall, 15,000-pound bronze fountain, cast in Paris, was a gift to the city of Boston by Gardner Brewer in 1868. Copies of the fountain were made for the cities of Lyons and Bordeaux, and a copy was made for Said Pacha, a Viceroy of Egypt. Unfortunately, the Brewer Fountain is the only known surviving copy of the original featured at the 1855 Paris World Fair and designed by the artist Liénard. The fountain is decorated with the figures of Neptune, Amphitrite, and Acis and Galatea from Greek mythology.

Saturday, May 25, 2013


Brewer Fountain. View from other side can be seen in an earlier photo, and another photo on Light Impressions here.

Monday, May 20, 2013

Memory of the Just

Names inscribed on the back of the Robert Gould Shaw Memorial of the Massachusetts 54th Volunteer Regiment.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Minoan Reflection

Sculpture by Sally Fine at the Christian Science Center; part of an outdoor sculpture exhibit co-
sponsored by The First Church of Christ, Scientist and the Boston Sculptors Gallery.

Friday, May 17, 2013


Sculpture of ballerinas at the Christian Science Center. Part of an outdoor sculpture exhibit co-sponsored by The First Church of Christ, Scientist and the Boston Sculptors Gallery. More information can be found on the Convergence website. Below is a close-up of the dancers.

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Make Way for Ducklings

A rare moment (on a rainy day) when these ducklings aren't overrun with children and their parents.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wednesday Doorway

This week's doorway is Marathon Sports on Boylston Street. As you can see it is finally getting its windows replaced and is open for business. This was ground zero for the first bomb on Marathon Monday, April 15th.