Monday, April 28, 2008

And they lived happily ever after....

A newly married couple took advantage of the nice weather over the weekend to have some pictures taken in the Public Garden. Isn't the bride beautiful?

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Boston Massacre Statue

The monument consists of an allegorical female figure representing the Spirit of the Revolution standing atop a granite base in front of a tall granite obelisk adorned with a band of thirteen stars around the top. The female figure is loosely draped and holds a furled American flag in her proper left hand. Her proper right arm is raised and in her proper right hand she holds a broken piece of chain. Beneath her proper right foot is a broken British crown. An eagle ready to take flight is perched by her proper left foot. On the base, beneath the female figure, is a bronze relief plaque depicting the Boston Massacre. It shows five men, Crispus Attucks, Samuel Maverick, James Caldwell, Samuel Gray, and Patrick Carr, slain by the British soldiers in front of the Massachusetts State House. The hand of one victim and the foot of another project from the surface of the relief. The hand is brightly polished by visitors who think they are shaking the hand of Crispus Attuck.

Friday, April 25, 2008

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Wednesday Doorway

Doorway to Paddy Burkes on Portland Street. This is the doorway to the building we saw yesterday in black in white.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Big Apple Circus

The Big Apple Circus has set up its tent on City Hall Plaza and is proving a big hit with schoolchildren in Boston. After all, who doesn't like the circus?

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Sizing things up

New building going up on Canal Street is quite large and is a whole block long. This a partial view from the corner of Causeway and Canal Street. I was fortunate in catching the project manager and a construction worker sizing up the work so far.

Friday, April 18, 2008

Edward W. Brooke Courthouse

The courthouse is also known as the Suffolk (County) Juvenile Court on New Chardon Street. You can see a different angle of the building if you click here.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Painting in the Public Garden

Warmer weather brought out people in droves to the Common and the Public Garden today. This guy was painting in the Public Garden and was so totally focused on his painting that when I asked if I could photograph him, I think his grunt was yes. He didn't even turn his attention away from his canvas for even a second when I took a couple of shots.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Wednesday Doorway

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Before the game

The Boston Bruins faced off in game 3 of the playoffs tonight at the Garden. Prior to the game I was at Boston Beer Works on Canal street and the place was full of supporters of both sides, though I must say the Canadiens fans seemed the most boisterous and were having the most fun. Their team was leading the series 2-0, so they had every right to feel pretty good about themselves. The table behind us was a table of supporters of both teams and they were getting along pretty well and keeping things in perspective.

For the record, the Bruins won the game by a score of 2-1, which is also how the series stands.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

John Endicott Statue

A standing portrait of John Endicott dressed in early colonial attire consisting of a jacket with a wide, square collar, knee breeches, buckle shoes, and a long cape. He holds his hat down at his side in his proper right hand. The sculpture rests on a square base that extends from a large granite wall. A low granite bench surround the base of the wall. The statue is white granite and is approximately 10 ft. in height on a 4 1/2 ft. base, which is made of granite.

John Endicott was a Puritan colonial leader known for his intolerance of religious dissenters. Between 1630 and 1664, he was at various times assistant governor, deputy governor, or governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. In 1636 he led an expedition against the Pequot which caused the already difficult relationship between the native peoples and the colonists to deteriorate into a state of war. The Pequot War of 1637 eventually resulted in the death or capture of most of the Pequot. During the 1650s, Endicott was responsible for the persecution of many Quakers, whom he either imprisoned, banished, or executed.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Filene's Department Store

Site of the former Filene's Department Store in downtown Boston. Filene's was a Boston institution for almost a century and a quarter until it was merged out of existence by Federated Department Stores. Across the country, Federated replaced all of May Companies regional names, including Hecht's, Kaufmann's, and Strawbridge's, with Macy's. The former Filene's site is being renovated and converted into a mixed use development of luxury condominiums, retail stores, a 250 room hotel, and 600,000 square feet of offices.

Here is another view of the site from Boston Daily Photo.

Friday, April 11, 2008


Lanterns on the Christian Science publication building on Massachusetts Avenue/

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Hints of Spring

Hint of Spring can be seen in the flowers on the front steps of the Park Street Church.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Wednesday Doorway

If it's Wednesday, it's time for another doorway. This is the doorway of the Forsyth Institute in the Fenway area of Boston. Straight on the doorway is not very impressive, but if you walk up a few of the stairs, you will see bronze bas reliefs on either side of the doors, as shown below:

   Bas relief on the left                               Bas relief on the right

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Tibet and the Beijing Olympics

There have been many news accounts the past few days with Tibetans protesting the Olympic Torch relay in cities around the world. You can see pictures from the New York Times here.

In honor of the Tibetans struggling for their freedom, I thought I would post another picture I took last month of a demonstration at the State House on the anniversary of the Tibetan uprising against China. See my previous post.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Soldiers and Sailors Monument

Civil War monument erected in 1877 in the Boston Common. It is a column topped by a figure representing the Genius of America. Four statues at the base represent Peace, the Sailor, the Muse of History, and the Soldier. Bas-relief plaques depict the departure and return of the forces, the Navy, and the work of the Boston Sanitary Commission. In one plaque, Longfellow can be seen accompanying the governor. The figures at the base of the column represent the sections of the country: North, South, East, and West.

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Horticultural Hall - Detail

Architectural details at the roof line of Horticultural Hall. This is at the very top of the building and is not something one can ordinarily see at street level, unless you have a long lens on your camera. You can see some doorways of the Hall I posted last Wednesday here.

Friday, April 4, 2008


Line up of Bicycles outside a building on the campus of Boston University a few days ago.

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Statler Statue Fountain

This statue is located at Statler Park, Stuart Street at Park Square and was designed by Ulysses Anthony Ricci (1888-1960). The sculpture was a gift of the Hotel Statler Company, Inc. and was presented to the city in 1930 as part of a beautification project for the Park. Originally, water flowed from the cup the figure holds, into the raised bowl, and then into the basin. The fountain is no longer operable. A bronze dedication plaque originally on base is now missing.

The sculpture is a bronze, art deco fountain in the shape of a Roman tripod brazier. A woman in classical robes stands in the middle of the upper bowl holding a cup from which water originally flowed. The large bowl is decorated with signs of the zodiac in relief; the lip edge is decorated with egg and dart molding. The legs are decorated with semi-draped male figures above grotesque decorations and terminate in lions' paws. The basin at foot of the fountain is now a planter.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Wednesday Doorway

If it's Wednesday, it's time for another doorway. This week's posting is of three doorways at Horticultural Hall, located on the corner of Massachusetts and Huntington Avenues.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Theme Day - April 2008- WATER

Once again it is Theme Day for the Daily City Photo Blog Community and the theme this month is WATER. I'm presenting a classic view of the city I took last June, overlooking the Charles River from the Longfellow Bridge. In the foreground you can see the Charles River Esplanade and in the background some of Boston's notable buildings, the Hancock and Prudential Towers.

Below is a list of the 178 cities around the world participating. Please try to visit as many as possible and leave a brief message of greetings. And have fun!
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Adelaide, Australia by Gordon
Albuquerque (NM), USA by Helen
American Fork (UT), USA by Annie
Anderson (SC), USA by Lessie
Ararat, Australia by Digger
Arradon, France by Alice
Ashton under Lyne, UK by Pennine
Athens, Greece by Debbie
Auckland, New Zealand by Lachezar
Austin (TX), USA by LB
Bandung, Indonesia by Guntur Purwanto
Barton (VT), USA by Andree
Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro by Paja
Belgrade, Serbia & Montenegro by Bibi
Bellefonte (PA), USA by Barb-n-PA
Bicheno, Australia by Greg
Bogor, Indonesia by Gagah
Boston (MA), USA by Fenix - Bostonscapes
Boston (MA), USA by Sarah, Whit, & Leyre
Boston (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston
Brighton, UK by Harvey
Brookville (OH), USA by Abraham
Budapest, Hungary by Zannnie and Zsolt
Budapest, Hungary by Isadora
Canterbury, UK by Rose
Cape Town, South Africa by Kerry-Anne
Chandler (AZ), USA by Melindaduff
Chateaubriant, France by Bergson
Cheltenham, UK by Marley
Chicago (IL), USA by b.c.
Christchurch, New Zealand by Michelle
Clearwater (FL), USA by Smaridge01
Clearwater Beach (FL), USA by Smaridge01
Cleveland (OH), USA by iBlowfish
Coral Gables (FL), USA by Jnstropic
Cypress (TX), USA by Riniroo
Dallas/Fort Worth (TX), USA by A Wandering Soul
Dunedin (FL), USA by Smaridge01
Durban, South Africa by CrazyCow
East Gwillimbury, Canada by Your EG Tour Guide
Evry, France by Olivier
Glasgow, Scotland by Jackie
Greenville (SC), USA by Denton
Grenoble, France by Bleeding Orange
Guelph, Canada by Pat
Gun Barrel City (TX), USA by Lake Lady
Hamilton, New Zealand by Sakiwi
Hampton (VA), USA by ptowngirl
Haninge, Sweden by Steffe
Helsinki, Finland by Kaa
Hobart, Australia by Greg
Hyde, UK by Old Hyde
Inverness (IL), USA by Neva
Jackson (MS), USA by Halcyon
Jakarta, Indonesia by Santy
Jefferson City (MO), USA by Chinamom2005
Jogjakarta, Indonesia by Jogja Portrait
Joplin (MO), USA by Victoria
Juneau (AK), USA by Gwyn
Katonah (NY), USA by Inkster1
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by Edwin
Kyoto, Japan by Tadamine
Lake Forest Park (WA), USA by Azure
Larchmont (NY), USA by Marie-Noyale
Las Vegas (NV), USA by Mo
Lisbon, Portugal by Sailor Girl
Lisbon, Portugal by Maria João
Lodz, Poland by ritalounge
London, UK by Mo
London, UK by Ham
Mainz, Germany by JB
Maple Ridge, Canada by Susan
Marseille, France by Alex
Mazatlan, Mexico by Kate
Melbourne, Australia by John
Melbourne, Australia by Mblamo
Memphis (TN), USA by SouthernHeart
Menton, France by Jilly
Mexico City, Mexico by Carraol
Mexico City, Mexico by Poly
Minneapolis (MN), USA by Mitch
Minneapolis (MN), USA by Greg
Minsk, Belarus by Olga
Monrovia (CA), USA by Keith
Monte Carlo, Monaco by Jilly
Montego Bay, Jamaica by Ann
Monterrey, Mexico by rafa
Moscow, Russia by Irina
Mumbai, India by Magiceye
Mumbai, India by MumbaiiteAnu
Mumbai, India by Kunalbhatia
Nancy, France by yoshi
Naples (FL), USA by Isabella
Nashville (TN), USA by Chris
Nelson, New Zealand by Meg and Ben
New Orleans (LA), USA by steve buser
New York City (NY), USA by Ming the Merciless
Niamey, Niger by Dinabee
Norfolk (VA), USA by ptowngirl
Norman (OK), USA by Chad & LaCresha
Norwich, UK by Goddess888
Nottingham, UK by Gail's Man
Odense, Denmark by ania odense
Omsk, Russia by Nataly
Orlando (FL), USA by OrlFla
Oslo, Norway by Lothiane
Paderborn, Germany by Soemchen
Paris, France by Eric
Paris, France by Gordio
Pasadena (CA), USA by Can8ianben
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia by Murphy_jay
Pilisvörösvár, Hungary by Elise
Pont-à-Mousson, France by Tintin-j
Port Angeles (WA), USA by Jelvistar
Port Elizabeth, South Africa by Sam
Port Townsend (WA), USA by raf
Port Vila, Vanuatu by Mblamo
Portland (ME), USA by Corey
Portland (OR), USA by NWgal
Portsmouth (VA), USA by ptowngirl
Prague, Czech Republic by Honza03
Quincy (MA), USA by Cluelessinboston
Riga, Latvia by Prokur
Rotterdam, Netherlands by Ineke
Saarbrücken, Germany by LadyDemeter
Saigon, Vietnam by Simon
Saint Louis (MO), USA by Strangetastes
Saint Paul (MN), USA by Kate
Salem (OR), USA by jill
Salt Lake City (UT), USA by Eric
Salt Lake City (UT), USA by atc
San Diego (CA), USA by Felicia
San Francisco (CA), USA by PFranson
Seattle (WA), USA by Chuck
Seattle (WA), USA by Kim
Seguin (TX), USA by Thien
Selma (AL), USA by RamblingRound
Sequim (WA), USA by Eponabri
Sesimbra, Portugal by Aldeia
Setúbal, Portugal by Maria Elisa
Shanghai, China by Jing
Sharon (CT), USA by Jenny
Singapore, Singapore by Keropok
Sofia, Bulgaria by Antonia
St Francis, South Africa by Sam
Stavanger, Norway by Tanty
Stayton (OR), USA by Celine
Stockholm, Sweden by Stromsjo
Stouffville, Canada by Ken
Subang Jaya, Malaysia by JC
Suffolk (VA), USA by ptowngirl
Sunshine Coast, Australia by bitingmidge
Sydney, Australia by Nathalie
Sydney, Australia by Sally
Székesfehérvár, Hungary by Teomo
Tacloban City, Philippines by agnesdv
Terrell (TX), USA by Bstexas
Terrell (TX), USA by Jim K
The Hague, Netherlands by Lezard
Tokyo, Japan by Tadamine
Toruń, Poland by Torun Observer
Toulouse, France by Julia
Turin, Italy by Livio
Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina by Jazzy
Twin Cities (MN), USA by Slinger
Victoria, Canada by Benjamin Madison
Vienna, Austria by G_mirage2
Virginia Beach (VA), USA by ptowngirl
Wailea (HI), USA by Kuanyin
Washington (DC), USA by Rachel
Wassenaar, Netherlands by Rich
Wellington, New Zealand by Jeremyb
West Paris (ME), USA by crittoria
West Sacramento (CA), USA by Barbara
Weston (FL), USA by WestonDailyPhoto
Williamsburg (VA), USA by ptowngirl
Willits (CA), USA by Elaine
Yardley (PA), USA by Mrlynn,