The Christian Science Plaza:
Update on an Oasis
As One Dalton rises in the skyline, the neighboring Christian Science Center Complex and Plaza has been undergoing its first ever major restoration – a massive project which includes a redesign of the 14-acre plaza that has served city residents as an oasis for decades.
This historically and architecturally significant site has been described as a work of vision and brilliance, important to the 19th and 20th century development of the city of Boston.
The 14-acre Modernist-era Plaza, an integral part of the landmark’s design is a major example of the work of architect Araldo Cossutta of Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, the same firm founded by One Dalton’s own celebrated architect Henry N. Cobb, (then known as I. M. Pei & Partners).
The plaza is undergoing extensive repairs and some important changes designed to better accommodate residents and tourists alike. They include improved access to the plaza’s walk zones and ever-popular children’s fountain, as well as an enhanced sunken garden and new space devoted to the Plaza lawn.
The iconic reflecting pool will be rebuilt and retain the visual splendor enjoyed from its reflectivity. In the winter months when it is emptied of water, beautiful decorative granite patterns will be visible on its base.
The end result promises to be a tangible enhancement to what already is a remarkable and beloved spot in our city.