Copley Place

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Copley Place
Neiman Marcus Boston.jpg
Neiman Marcus at Copley Place (2008)
Coordinates 42°20′54.10″N 71°04′41.83″W / 42.3483611°N 71.0782861°W / 42.3483611; -71.0782861Coordinates: 42°20′54.10″N 71°04′41.83″W / 42.3483611°N 71.0782861°W / 42.3483611; -71.0782861
Address 100 Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts
02116-6506
Opening date 1983
Owner Simon Property Group (98.1%)
Architect The Architects' Collaborative
No. of stores and services 75
No. of anchor tenants 2
Total retail floor area 413,820 sq ft (38,445 m2)
No. of floors 3
Public transit access MBTA:
 Orange Line  at Back Bay
     Commuter Rail
Amtrak Acela Express
Amtrak Northeast Regional
Website Official website

Copley Place is an upscale shopping mall in the Back Bay section of Boston, Massachusetts, as part of a larger complex that includes office buildings, two hotels, and a parking garage.

History[edit]

Centerpiece sculptural fountain (Dimitri Hadzi, 1984). Waterfall had been shut off (2012), and the artwork was demolished a few years later.

The structure was designed by The Architects' Collaborative and was built in 1983 directly above the Massachusetts Turnpike and Huntington Avenue highway interchange ramps, which had been constructed in 1964 on the site of the former South End Armory. The Armory building had been completed in 1890, and was razed to make room for the Mass Pike right-of-way.[1]

In 2011, plans for a 60,000 sq ft (5,600 m2) addition of retail space to the facility and a 54,000 sq ft (5,000 m2) expansion of its Neiman Marcus anchor were approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority.[2] As of February 2013, the project was awaiting final design plans.[3][needs update]

Upon its opening, the indoor mall featured as its centerpiece a 60-foot (18 m) high sculptural fountain designed by Boston artist Dimitri Hadzi. The artwork was composed of multiple abstract granite and travertine marble shapes, with a waterfall cascading down it into a shallow pool at the bottom, surrounded by marble benches. A proposed renovation which would eliminate the fountain prompted commentary opposing its demolition in 2013.[4] As of 2017, the fountain had been completely removed, and the location and status of its components were unknown to the general public.

Description[edit]

The mall is noted for its upscale stores, including Ralph Lauren, Christian Dior, John Varvatos, Michael Kors, Tory Burch, Victorinox Swiss Army, Porsche Design, Tiffany & Co., Jimmy Choo, David Yurman, Louis Vuitton, and Salvatore Ferragamo. The mall had also housed one of the few major-chain owned movie theatres within Boston city limits, but the Loews Copley Place Cinemas was closed in January 2005.

The mall is connected directly to the Shops at Prudential Center via a skybridge over Huntington Avenue. The mall is also connected to the Back Bay MBTA station via an underground tunnel beneath Dartmouth Street.

The property is managed by Simon Property Group, which acquired it in the 2002 breakup of the then-Dutch owned Urban Shopping Centers, Inc.[5]

Tenants[edit]

Anchors
Restaurants
Hotels
Offices (Copley Place Tower)

The Boston Regional Office of the US Census Bureau is in Suite 301 of 4 Copley Place.[6] Canada and Germany maintain Consulates-General for the New England region in Suites 400 and 500, respectively, of 3 Copley Place.[7][8]

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