Christian Science Plaza
Preserving a landmark landscape in Boston
The iconic Christian Science Plaza recently completed a comprehensive restoration and repair project to enhance the open space and improve environmental sustainability. IBI Group led a multi-disciplinary consultant team for the revitalization of this beloved Boston space.
Christian Science Plaza Facts
- 10 acres of open space including a lawn, vast public plaza, reflecting pool, and children’s fountain
- Designed in the 1970s by architects I.M. Pei and Araldo Cosutto
- Achieved protective Landmark status by the Boston Landmarks Commission – the first Modernist landscape in Boston to receive the designation
Aesthetic and functional improvements included:
- Preserving, repairing, and restoring the character-defining features of this landmark landscape
- Reconstructing the reflecting pool with an improved basin paving that will enhance reflectivity and four-season interest
- Making the Plaza entrances more welcoming
- Introducing amenities to extend year-round use
- Expanding seating opportunities
- Initiating extensive water conservation and management measures
Caroline McLaughlin, Assistant Property Manager for Colliers International (the organization that manages the plaza development), connected with Maglin Site Furniture seeking flexible table and seating solutions for the expansive hardscape that would also complement the plaza’s historic site design.
Maglin Territory Manager, Barbara Ritter expands on the value of moveable seating in the plaza, “The addition of moveable chairs and tables to the plaza expands the usable space and allows visitors to manage their group’s needs – whether a quick rest for an individual or space for a family to take a break together. Foro tables and chairs offer sophisticated style with the benefit of being designed for heavy outdoor use. The Foro Collection is fabricated from steel, e-coated and powder coated to ward off rust – they are built to stand up to Boston’s elements and activity!”