On October 11, 2017, Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the Boston Public Works Department, the Boston Arts Commission, neighbors, and other stakeholders gathered for a groundbreaking ceremony at North Square in the North End of Boston.
Today’s ceremony was the kickoff for the construction of site improvements at the Square. As one of the oldest, continuously occupied neighborhoods in the City, the North End contains some of the most significant historic and cultural sites in the country. A popular tourist destination, North Square is home to the Paul Revere House National Historic Landmark, numerous other historic buildings and The Freedom Trail. Upon completion of the proposed improvements, the square will boast improvements to pedestrian safety and accessibility, an enhanced public space, and the Square’s cultural value will be revitalized.
The City of Boston retained BETA to prepare design concepts to construction documents for the North Square reconstruction project. Treatments at the Square will include new ornamental lighting, brick and granite paving, planters, and other amenities. This reconstruction project will also include circulation modifications, pavement rehabilitation, new granite curbing, the widening of sidewalks, street trees, and granite crosswalks. The project is estimated to be completed in late 2018.