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Boston Public Library, Central Branch

  • 700 Boylston Street Boston, MA, 02116 United States (map)

Completed in 1895 by famed architects McKim, Mead, and White, the Central Library’s McKim building is known for its classical serenity and elegance. Featuring Bates Hall’s majestic barrel-arched ceiling, John Singer Sargent murals, and an interior courtyard, the building is a constant source of aesthetic surprise and satisfaction. The Central Library’s Johnson building reopened to the public in July 2016 after a multi-year renovation. Designed by William Rawn Associates, Architects, Inc. the renovation preserved the integrity of architect Philip Johnson’s 1972 construction while making it more open and connected, removing plinths and walls to facilitate an open view of the mezzanine and first floor, and using a vibrant color scheme that draws on the McKim building. 

Saturday: 10am to 6pm and Sunday: 1pm to 5pm
700 Boylston St, Boston, MA 02116

Boston Public Library, Central Branch
Architect: McKim, Mead, and White (original), Philip Johnson (addition), William Rawn Associates (renovations)
Year: 1895, 1972, 2016

Please enter through the McKim Building, 230 Dartmouth Street, Boston 02116
617-536-5400  |  
 Wheelchair accessible

Earlier Event: June 3
District Hall
Later Event: June 3
Boston Architectural College