Government Center

By - 11/14/14 - 2:52 pm

A We Don't Knock sampler, from back in the days when just any idiot could walk right into the JFK Building - assuming their TV cables didn't jam up the revolving door.

By - 9/26/14 - 11:38 am
Pigeons on the walls at Government Center in Boston

Melissa Obleada shows us part of the mural being painted on the barriers around the Government Center T-station construction site.

Anybody know who's doing the painting?

UPDATE: It's the same guys who did the Nelson Mandela mural in Roxbury, working with Heidi Schork and the Boston Mural crew (H/t Joyce).... Read more

By - 9/12/14 - 12:35 pm
Tremont Street plaque where you can see Old North Church

This plaque is embedded in the sidewalk on the Tremont Street side of the Parker House. It's easy to miss - who looks down while walking down that particularly busy sidewalk? - but once you see it, you just know you have to stop and take a look.

And for years, your view was, in fact, of Old North Church, just to the left of... Read more

By - 9/3/14 - 4:21 pm
Government Center MBTA station being rebuilt in Boston

DD808 shows us the above-ground progress on rebuilding the Government Center T stop.

By - 6/20/14 - 3:08 pm
Government Center mural

An MBTA spokesman reports T staff today contacted artist Mary Beams, who painted a series of murals installed in the Government Center T stop in 1979, after somebody who heard about the search alerted the T that she now helps run a pie bakery and restaurant in Grand Marais, MN.

The T is demolishing the current station to make way for a new... Read more

By - 6/19/14 - 2:54 pm
Old Government Center mural

The MBTA says it has something for artist Mary Beams: The 19 murals on wood panels she created for the Green Line platform at Government Center. Workers have carefully removed the art to make way for the new station, but won't be putting them back in.

If you are Mary Beams or you know how to locate her, please let the MBTA know by contacting

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By - 6/4/14 - 8:13 pm

the closure of Government Center station such a secret from the passengers? As I first mentioned some weeks ago (in a reply to another post), announcements about the closure, save for an occasional Green Line operator, are almost non existent. Further, only a handful of the line maps I've observed on Green Line streetcars have not yet been modified with the temporary "CLOSED" stickers over... Read more

By - 5/27/14 - 4:24 pm

Concrete Plaza has daily views of the work to replace the old Government Center T stop, from somebody who works across the street.

By - 5/22/14 - 7:20 am
Fog downtown

Around 6:30 a.m., Paul Nutting looked out the window of his office in Government Center.

Dense fog just enveloped Logan then waterfront then Govt Ctr. eerie, sun rising above.

Across Fort Point Channel, John Mcboston tried to see downtown, but saw just a fog bank:

By - 5/7/14 - 11:15 am
Another Scollay Square tile sign found

The MBTA reports workers gutting Government Center for its two-year renovation have uncovered yet another tiled sign from back in the days when the stop was known as Scollay Square, back when Boston still had a Scollay Square.

By - 4/11/14 - 11:51 am

Rachel Paiste asks:

Why are the escalators at Government Center constantly running when the station is closed? Seems like a waste of energy & $$

By - 4/7/14 - 10:46 am
Inside the Government Center station

The T forwards this photo of the spot on the Government Center Green Line platform where the Dunkin' Donuts used to be as workers continue to tear apart the station as part of a two-year overhaul.

Also, the T reports workers uncovered another 100-year-old tile Scollay Under sign on one of the Blue Line platforms:

The goal is to keep it in place, and

... Read more
By - 4/3/14 - 3:09 pm
Keytar Bear in a Bruins jacket

Dave Rogers spotted Keytar Bear at Government Center today.

By - 3/28/14 - 4:46 pm
Government Center under reconstruction

Oh, they've been working on the railroad. Photo by MBTA. See it larger.

As noted earlier, some people left notes on the walls of the Government Center T stop in the hours before it was shut for two years of reconstruction.

Via the MBTA comes this ode, found penned on one of the walls:

Dear Government Center,

Thank you!
How many times have I passed through your halls?
How Many Seasons?
Blue Line to

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By - 3/23/14 - 8:23 pm
Government Center MBTA station under construction

The current Government Center bunker, um, T stop went up in the early 1960s as part of the transformation of Scollay Square into Government Center.

In the photo above, from Boston City Archives' Government Center photo set, note the parking lot where Center Plaza would go across Cambridge Street. In this view, you'll see the answer to the chicken-egg question of... Read more

By - 3/22/14 - 10:12 am
Government Center graffiti

ElmerCat catalogued the fond graffiti people left on the walls of the Government Center T stop in the hours before it shut for a two-year re-do.

Copyright ElmerCat. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 3/21/14 - 1:49 pm
Scollary Square sign at Government Center

Photo by MBTA.

Workers today carefully removed the "Scollay Under" tiled sign from a Blue Line wall at the Government Center station today. The T reports it'll be put in storage and then replastered to a wall in the renovated station when it opens in two years.

By - 3/21/14 - 11:07 am
Government Center MBTA station

Paul Nutting provides a last glimpse of the Government Center T stop before it shuts tomorrow for two years of renovation work that will transform the1960s bomb shelter into a sleek glass paean to modern transportation - but one without popcorn.

By - 2/26/14 - 8:10 am
Demo wall at Government Center

But, sadly, the "demo wall" at Government Center is just an instruction to the workers who will begin tearing apart the station on March 22, rather than a place to see demonstrations of various things.

By - 2/26/14 - 7:35 am

The morning commute, like around 6:40, started with an inbound Red Line train kicked the bucket at Savin Hill and a Green Line train meeting its maker at Government Center - an occurrence that the T suggested to riders might be a good time to try out the Orange Line between Back Bay and North station.

As of 7:30 a.m., the T said things... Read more

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