Government Center

By - 1/13/16 - 12:30 pm

for tonight (1/13), tomorrow night (1/14), and next Monday night (1/18)

Just got this T alert:

Update: The evening Green Ln supensions between Park St & Haymarket scheduled fo Jan 13, 14, & 18 have been cancelled

Nothing posted on the web page yet though The notice about the suspensions has been removed from the Green Line "Service Alerts" page, which IMO will only confuse those who previously heard about them and are looking for confirmation.

By - 1/11/16 - 2:37 pm

MassDOT reports Green Line service will be halted between Park and Haymarket stations for five nights - starting tonight - to allow work on the revamped Government Center station: Read more.

By - 12/23/15 - 9:07 am

The MBTA is seeking bids from companies that might want to lease 400 square feet of space on the Green Line level of the Government Center stop when it re-opens this spring.

The T also has a 150-square-foot space available on the Blue Line platform. Read more.

By - 12/20/15 - 9:28 am
Scollay Under sign at Government Center MBTA station in downtown Boston

The MBTA has released a batch of photos showing the state of Govermment Center station as it approaches its spring, 2016 re-opening, still on schedule despite having to replace all the glass panes in the above-ground part of the station (if you click on the link, scroll down the page a bit for the photos).

Stairs and escalator take shape: Read more.

By - 11/5/15 - 9:54 pm

Boston Metro interviews the winners of the auctions for the murals that graced the Green Line station at Government Center until the current reconstruction project started.

By - 11/4/15 - 8:20 pm
Working on the Government Center MBTA station

Two workers finished up installation of one wall of the new glass panels at the Government Center T station today.

By - 10/31/15 - 7:21 pm
No longer buried in Government Center

Robin and spouse got dressed up as those two costumes buried in cement in the Government Center T stop for decades.

Great minds think alike: Read more.

By - 10/27/15 - 12:44 pm
Costumes found in Government Center MBTA station

The MBTA reports workers busy upgrading the Blue Line platform at Government Center recently: Read more.

By - 9/15/15 - 8:26 pm
Rendering of proposed upgrade to Center Plaza

Architect's rendering.

Shorenstein Properties of San Francisco, which owns Center Plaza, has filed plans with the BRA for renovations to the building between City Hall Plaza and the courthouses of Pemberton Square and to add roughly 30,000 square feet of new office and retail space. Read more.

By - 8/24/15 - 4:15 pm

WGBH reports some - or possibly all - of the glass panels in the new glass-centric station entrance are defective and will have to be replaced.

By - 7/31/15 - 1:17 pm
Bit of old newspaper found at Government Center MBTA station

The MBTA reports workers at the Government Center rehab project found remnants of a 1915 Boston Post behind an old door jamb.

Other, larger reminders of the station's past will be put on display: Read more.

By - 7/23/15 - 10:49 am
Scollay Square in Boston, where City Hall is now

Where City Hall didn't used to be. See it larger.

Between 1954 and 1959, urban planner Kevin Lynch took hundreds of photos in Boston and Cambridge to help show how residents build up a sort of mental map of what their city is like. The MIT Libraries have posted 1,900 of his photos. Read more.

By - 6/26/15 - 11:37 pm
New retail space in Government Center station

Government Center retail space. Photo by MBTA.

Whether it will be another Dunkin' Donuts to replace the one that was almost directly underneath one of the two Dunkin' Donuts on the street, however, remains an open question. A T spokesman says a vendor has yet to be chosen for the space, although he adds whoever it turns out to be will be banned from selling popcorn.

The renovated junction for the Green and Blue lines is scheduled to open next year.

By - 5/15/15 - 4:45 pm
Government Center station coming into shape

Mike gives us a visual update on the giant glasshouse rising above City Hall Plaza.

By - 3/12/15 - 3:44 pm
Installing glass at the new Government Center subway station

Mike Kix watched workers installing the roof of the revamped Government Center T stop today.

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).

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 City Hall. But now, well, look at what Aaron Helfand saw this morning when he stood on the plaque and looked out:

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