Copp's Hill Terrace

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Copp's Hill Terrace
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Copp's Hill Terrace is located in Boston
Copp's Hill Terrace
Copp's Hill Terrace is located in Massachusetts
Copp's Hill Terrace
Copp's Hill Terrace is located in the United States
Copp's Hill Terrace
LocationBoston, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°22′4.12″N 71°3′19.62″W / 42.3678111°N 71.0554500°W / 42.3678111; -71.0554500Coordinates: 42°22′4.12″N 71°3′19.62″W / 42.3678111°N 71.0554500°W / 42.3678111; -71.0554500
ArchitectEliot, Charles; Perkins & White
NRHP reference #90000631 [1]
Added to NRHPApril 19, 1990

Copp's Hill Terrace is an historic terrace and park between Commercial and Charter Streets west of Jackson Avenue on Copp's Hill in the North End of Boston, Massachusetts near Copp's Hill Burying Ground.

A landscaped arrangement of granite steps, knee-walls and banisters with cast-iron parapets ascending to a large plaza overlooking Commercial Street and the mouth of the Mystic River, the terrace was designed in the 1890s by landscape architect Charles Eliot of Olmsted, Olmsted and Eliot, and built by Boston contractor Perkins & White.[2] From the terrace, a large crowd observed the destruction wrought by Boston's Great Molasses Flood of 1919.

Copp's Hill Terrace was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[1]

African-American History[edit]

A small community of free African Americans lived on the steep slope of Copp's Hill from the 17th to the 19th century. Members of this community were buried in the Copp's Hill Burying Ground, where a few remaining headstones can still be seen today, including that of Prince Hall, the founder of Prince Hall Freemasonry.


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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "MACRIS inventory record for Copp's Hill Terrace". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2014-06-01.