|November 10, 2016|
Charles Hilgenhurst Medallion
How the recent renovation at the Government Center MBTA station killed a view of a Boston landmark.
Between King Burial Grounds and Granary Burying Ground is a small medallion on the sidewalk pavement. The medallion is a bit hidden and is probably missed by many tourists walking between King Burial Grounds and Boston Commons.
Here is a picture of the medallion that is in front of the Omni Parker House:
The inscription reads:
March 21, 2016
Today when you look up towards the King Burial Grounds, to see The North Church Tower, this is what you see:
When the MBTA redesigned the Government Center back in 2014, they added a 40-foot glass structure. However, didn't take into account blocking the North Church Tower. You can still see part of the church through the glass structure, but the view is definitely blocked. At night, the glass structure is blue, which would completely prevent you from seeing the Church tower.
I wasn't able to find any information on why Charles Hilgenhurst wanted the view to be visible from the Omni Parker House. There isn't any document online or at the Boston Public Library about installing the medallion.
Locating the Marker
The medallion is located 3,580.80 feet (1091.43 meters) from the The North Church.
The medallion is located on Boylston Street, near the intersection of School Street. The GPS coordinates is: 42.357675, -71.060633
November 4, 2017.
Yes! So taking my nephew on the Freedom trail today and as our journey drew towards the end and near the Granary cemetery, I know of the medallion and since it’s been a while I wanted to make the connection of the North Church memorable lights to our day’s journey. As I told him to stand on the medallion and look, to my surprise the church was obscured by the transit structure!! I did not like it!! I thought it was wrong and the structure I think should be removed. It was very saddening that it was there and the view disregarded. It wasn’t until we returned home and look into it that I discovered this page. I am just as shocked the there hasn’t been any charge to remove the structure.
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