The Boston Sun details a recent hearing of the Boston Landmarks Commission on a proposal to replace a bench dedicated to Civil War veterans between Arlington and Berkeley streets on the Commonwealth Avenue Mall.
The Friends of the Public Garden, which helps oversee the Mall, wants to replace the worn out bench with a more durable granite version - and had both a donor and a craftsperson ready to go. But since the Mall is a designated landmark, any work requires the commission's approval.
According to the Sun, one commissioner raised the issue of whether the bench, built for a different time, should be replicated so closely - why not come up with a design more appropriate for these times? The Friends said they decided to follow the original design for "historic purposes." But the new design was missing the original bench's curve "between the legs and under the seat that is on the existing bench," and another commissioner said that if the Friends were going to get all historic and follow the original design, they should go all in and include that curve.
In the end, the commission gave its approval - with the proviso that the curve be added, that the inside of the arm rest get more detailing and that one or both of the bench's bases be extended to improve accessibility for the mobility impaired.