The Boston Public Library, located in Copley Square, is a destination unto itself and totally deserving of your time.
A Little History
Boston’s Public Library, founded in 1852, is so much more than your typical library. Not only is it chock full of books, but it’s an architectural masterpiece and museum as well. In 1973 the library was deservingly declared a National Historic Landmark.
1. The Architecture and Art
I mean, can a library get anymore beautiful? Step into the library and you will feel as though you have been transported to a glamorous European building. The walls and floors are draped in marble exuding a feeling of opulence. Everywhere you turn there’s another intricate detail waiting to be discovered. Go ahead and just stand in the middle of the lobby for a few minutes to soak it all in! After you have been amazed by the architecture get a little exercise and take the steps up to the third floor and view John Singer Sargent’s Murals, Triumph of Religion.
The library offers many informational tours throughout the week. Check the schedule for times.
2. The Reading Room
Ok, having just photographed The Long Room at the Trinity College in Dublin, we are slightly spoiled. However, I must say that the Reading Room, Bate’s Hall, is actually quite impressive. What I like is that although the room has all the 21st Century modern electronic conveniences, the architectural integrity has been preserved.
3. The Courtyard
The courtyard is a beautiful outdoor space smack in the middle of the city. We visited lunchtime and every table was filled with people socializing and eating. What a great midday escape from the hustle and bustle of the city!
The courtyard is also used for many programs and events. If I were looking for a wedding venue in Boston, this would definitely be on my list of contenders. We were hoping to attend a concert during our stay but Mother Nature got in the way!
4. High Tea
Want to really feel like you are in Europe? After you have toured the library head over to the Courtyard Restaurant and treat yourself to high tea. To compliment the tea, you will enjoy delicacies such as, tea sandwiches, petit fours, and scones.The library’s Courtyard Restaurant serves afternoon tea from 11:30-3:30 Monday-Saturday.
5. Location, Location, Location
The Central Library sits on prime real estate in Copely Square. After touring and enjoying high tea, you might as well head directly across the street and enjoy a cocktail at the Fairmont Hotel. The Fairmont’s lobby is to die for.
In need of a little pet therapy? Don’t leave the hotel without a meet and greet and a possible kiss from Carly the Fairmont Boston’s canine ambassador. She’s bound to put a smile on your face.
Take time to stroll, window shop, or shop the infamous Newbury Street. It’s truly a shopper’s heaven lined with stores to please everyone’s palette.
Yearning for more history and architecture? The Trinity Church should be your next stop. The church provides daily tours and was named “one of the 10 most important buildings in America,” by the American Institute of Architects.