Let’s Take a Look at Our Landmarks

From The Boston Globe


The iconic Citgo sign got a new lease on life [last] week when the petroleum company reached a deal with its new landlord to keep the familiar skyline feature in place for decades to come.

In a city as old and historic as Boston, the sign is one of many cherished properties and monuments around town.

In some cases, as with the Citgo sign, efforts have failed to protect sites by securing historic landmark recognition from the city. At least so far.

The city in 1983 denied a petition for the sign to be given landmark status. But the Boston Landmarks Commission is currently considering a new petition.


What about landmarks here in Back Bay?

Here are three lists from The Boston Globe: approved landmarks, pending landmarks, and sites that have  been denied landmark status.

Approved Landmarks

Public Garden
Commonwealth Avenue Mall
Arlington Street Church, 355 Boylston Street
Berkeley Building, 414-26 Boylston Street
Gibson House (interior), 137 Beacon Street
Boston Public Library, main branch, Copley Square
Boston Evening Clinic (Burrage House), 314 Commonwealth Avenue
Charles River Esplanade, Storrow Drive


Pending Landmarks

Trinity Church, Copley Square
Fisher Junior College (interior), 118 Beacon Street
First Baptist Church (interior), Clarendon Street
Pope/Cahner’s Building, 219-23 Columbus Avenue
Copley Plaza (interior/exterior), Saint James Avenue
Paine Furniture Building, 81 Arlington Street
Boston Center for Adult Education, 5 Commonwealth Avenue


Denied Landmark Status

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37 Newbury Street
Exeter Street Theater (interior), 26 Exeter Street
Coulton Building, 452-62 Boylston Street
Bonwit Teller/Museum of Natural History (interior), 234 Berkeley Street
The Coulton Building, 426 Boylston Street
Arlington building (former Shreve, Crump, and Low), 330 Boylston Street
Huntington Avenue YMCA, 316 Huntington Avenue