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.
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?
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
DD808 shows us the above-ground progress on rebuilding the Government Center T stop.
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
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... Read more
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
Concrete Plaza has daily views of the work to replace the old Government Center T stop, from somebody who works across the street.
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.
Rachel Paiste asks:
Why are the escalators at Government Center constantly running when the station is closed? Seems like a waste of energy & $$
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
Dave Rogers spotted Keytar Bear at Government Center today.
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!... Read more
How many times have I passed through your halls?
How Many Seasons?
Blue Line to
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
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.
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.
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.
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