Initial Concept | The c. 1915 Custom House Tower, long a visual symbol for the city of Boston, sat vacant in the midst of a congested asphalt square for many years. The Boston Redevelopment Authority selected Pressley Associates to design McKinley Square as part of the conversion of the Tower to hotel use. The mandate of the landscape architectural design was to unify and revitalize the urban environment, while respecting the building's historic significance.
Lasting Impact | Pressley Associates designed a one-acre plaza to encourage pedestrian access and use, and to relate this site contextually to the adjacent Faneuil Hall Marketplace/Marketplace Center developments. Large shade trees, brick and granite pavement, and high quality site furnishings characterize the Custom House Plaza.Client | Boston Redevelopment Authority