Last week, Boston Magazine brought us the news that the fate of the Citgo sign could be up in the air. This week at 16 Beacon, we are busy preparing for the 2016 John & Abigail Adams Benefit, an annual gala held at the iconic Museum of Fine Arts on Huntington Avenue.
These two highly recognizable structures that hold such significance in the way we picture Boston’s landscape got us thinking. For this week’s “Voices of the Bar” column, we’re reaching out to ask:
“What is your favorite Boston landmark?“
Deborah Manus – Nutter Mclennen & Fish
“Boston has so many landmarks and such a rich heritage that it’s hard to pick just one. So, I’m going to cheat a little and pick the entire Freedom Trail. Boston is the birthplace of the independence movement and the cradle of our democracy. You really get a sense of that when you walk the two (or so) miles of the Freedom Trail.”
Stesha Emmanuel – Todd & Weld
“When it is dark and dreary. When it is sunny and bright. When you have to make that always challenging trip to or away from Boston, onto I-93/US-1, that moment on the Zakim Bridge, with its festive lights and beams, suspended high in the sky, I think, this is beautiful. This is Boston with its complexities and simple beauty. My favorite Boston landmark – the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge.”
Eugene Ho – Posternak Blankstein & Lund
“My favorite Boston landmark is actually the ballpark that the Citgo sign overlooks: Fenway Park. There’s nothing like catching a Red Sox game at Fenway, especially if the team is doing well. The atmosphere there is like no other. The Green Monster, Pesky’s Pole, the old, tiny seats, eating a Fenway Frank – I think watching a game at Fenway is the quintessential Boston experience.”
David Travers – Todd & Weld
“The USS Constitution. The idea that it was built more than 200 years ago, still sails – or will when the current overhaul is completed – and still serves in the U.S. Navy is a fabulous testament to the craftsmanship and ingenuity that has been such an influence in Boston since its early days. Plus, it always stops me in my tracks to see a three masted ship sailing through the harbor channel.”
Sheila Giglio – Conn Kavanaugh
“My favorite Boston Landmark is Fenway Park. It is so full of history and speaks to Boston’s love of sports and family. Nothing like a day at Fenway!!”
Michael Fee – Pierce & Mandell
“Cyrus Dalin’s “Appeal to the Great Spirit” centers the MFA’s original entrance on Huntington Avenue. It symbolizes both hope and strength, and captures a true part of Boston’s character.”
Daniel Dain – Dain Torpy
“It has to be Fenway Park. Now that the Patriots are out of it, go Sox!”
C. Forbes Sargent – Sherin and Lodgen
“As a native Bostonian I have several landmarks that could fall into the category of favorites. If I had to pick just one, it would be the Boston Public Garden. Walking through the Garden on a Spring or Summer day and seeing all the flowers and trees in bloom is a very uplifting experience for me. The Garden holds great memories for me as I grew up a few blocks away, and a swan boat ride was a real treat. We also skated on the Garden in the Winter, with the neighborhood dads shoveling the snow off the ice for us. Truly a great Boston landmark.”
Kathleen Porter – Robinson & Cole
“One of my favorite Boston landmarks is the Custom House Tower (CHT). Our offices look down State Street to the Harbor, and the Custom House is beautifully framed by blue water with skyscrapers on either side.
When visiting my office on day, my Dad reminded me that he worked in the Custom House many years ago. He said, sweeping his outstretched arm from right to left, when I worked there (CHT), none of these buildings were here. The CHT stood alone. (imagine, no International Place, 60 State, 75 State, One Boston Place, etc., etc.)
When I look at CHT, I think of my Dad and am reminded of that conversation. Gives me perspective – the working people who looked at CHT and the skyline before me, and the ones that will look at it years from now.
Also one of the best kept Boston secrets is the CHT’s magnificent open-air observation deck!”
Chelsea Johnson – Goulston & Storrs
“My favorite landmark in Boston is the Boston Public Library. The architecture is astounding and there are so many beautiful details– I could easily spend days getting lost in books there.”
Valerie Sussman – Sullivan & Worcester
“This may not qualify as a ‘landmark’ considering that it is on the water, but my favorite spot in Boston is the Public Garden’s swan boats. One of my earliest memories of the city is my parents taking me for a ride on the swan boats, and I am glad that the boats are still around years later for my kids to enjoy.”
Peter Gelzinis – Mintz Levin
“Having grown up in South Boston, I’d say my favorite Boston landmark is Castle Island. I’ve been going there for as long as I can remember. When the weather is nice, there’s no better place to be. It’s the perfect spot to go for a walk, a run, or just sit and watch the ships come and go from Boston Harbor. Also, you still can’t beat the burgers, fries and hot dogs from Sullivan’s, which is a Boston landmark in its own right!”
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