Field Trip :: Post Office Square

By: Curtis Robinson, BArch Candidate

Now that the summer heat is finally on its way out, you can go and stroll around Boston and enjoy the cool fall weather without fear of heat stroke. Go out and explore parts of the city you might not get to very often, walk a different path to work or school, you might find a really great space you never knew existed.  

A not so secret, but somewhat hidden gem of Boston is the park at Post Office Square, which is located in the financial district, just a few blocks from Government Center. Here you'll find shady spots to sit and enjoy time with friends, an interesting water fountain, as well as a cafe. While you're there you won't even realize you are sitting on the roof of an underground parking structure.  

   Left: Water fountain within the park; Right: A building adjacent to the park

The park shows off its not so pretty past on a timeline along the border of a bank of plantings.  Here you can see how the space was transformed from the dirty area it used to be with a large multilevel parking garage above grade.  In the early 1990's the structure was demolished and a new parking structure was placed underground. A new design by Halvorson Design Partnership opened in 1992 with a public space at street level, allowing for over 125 types of plants to form a unique horticultural display. 

 BAC student, Justine Perry, reads about the history of the space

While in the public space, you would never know cars are entering the ground below you because the ramps are well hidden from within the landscaped area. The park is an example of a public/private partnership and is maintained by privately owned companies along the adjacent streets that want to preserve the great space outside their front door. 
Post Office Square is located in the the financial district at the intersection of Milk, Congress, Pearl, and Water Streets.