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Building Conservation Associates

Boston Public Library

Location: Boston, Massachusetts 
Year Built: 1895 
Original Architect: Charles Follen McKim 

The Boston Public Library, built in 1895, is a grand Classical Revival style structure located in the heart of Copley Square and is a local and National Landmark. Conceived as a “palace for the people,” it exemplifies Boston’s 19th century municipal pride as well as Charles Follen McKim’s genius for integrating architecture and art. A modern addition was added in 1971, designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson and has local Landmark designation.

BCA prepared a Historic Structure Report that documented the building’s architectural history to guide the ongoing restoration of the building. BCA also provided preservation services that included documentation and assessment of conditions of both the interior and exterior historic fabric of the Library as part of the development of a Master Plan. BCA is providing on-call consulting services to the Boston Public Library for small repair projects.