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While most of Boston is popular because of the historic places, Copley Square is bursting with architectural gems that flank the vicinity. Copley Square was the previous location of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) before it transferred to its present site in Cambridge.

Copley Square is a very fitting and literal tag to this famous Boston landmark. From 1994, the streets in Copley Square have been designed to form a square shape with sides featuring equal measurements. Situated in the posh neighborhood of the Back Bay area, residents and guests alike can often be seen reveling in the lush greenery of the found in the area which is teeming with expertly-designed structures that encircle the square.

If a visitor places himself right at the heart of Copley Square, he or she will be offered a 360-degree panoramic view of the numerous buildings surrounding the square which ranges from the really antiquated to the futuristic and avant-garde structures.

The most recognizable piece of architecture in Copley Square is the Trinity Church which was created by Henry Hobson Richardson and was constructed from 1872 to 1877. The design of the church was so iconic and unique by the time it was built that the aesthetics was dubbed as ?Richardson Romanesque? which is inspired greatly by the structures in Europe and has been constantly acclaimed as one of the top 10 buildings in the United States.

The Boston Public Library can also be found within the premises of Copley Square. It was the pioneering publicly-funded city library in the United States and was inaugurated in 1895. The popular library was designed by Charles F. McKim of the well-known firm of McKim, Mead and White. The fa?ade of the public library is made to look like an Italian palazzo and was patterned after the one found in Rimini. The library also holds the personal collection of late American president John Adams.

A trio of John Hancock Buildings also towers over Copley Square. The first one is the old John Hancock Building which is presently named as Berkeley Building. For so many years, it reigned as the second tallest structure in Boston even with only 26 stories.

Next on the list of John Hancock Buildings in Copley Square is the John Hancock Tower which is at present New England?s tallest structure towering at 791 feet with 60 floors. The grand building was designed by internationally acclaimed architect I.M. Pei and is extremely modern in design made with highly-reflective glass which is tinted blue. The monolith skyscraper used to have an observation deck at its top floor, but it was shut down after the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.
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