Nestled in the heart of Boston's financial district, this green oasis has been enormously popular from the day it opened. Hailed as "the perfect park," Post Office Square integrates the busy, festive character of downtown Boston with elements that suggest tranquility and refuge. With more than 125 species of plants, it is a garden for all seasons, rich in detail and visual interest. Two garden pavilions host a year-round café and pedestrian access to the parking garage that lies beneath the park.
In 1997, the park was officially renamed in honor of Norman B. Leventhal, whose original idea and leadership made it happen.
Awards and Publications
America's Best City Parks | Forbes.com | 2009
"Outstanding Design" | S. and M. Southworth, AIA Guide to Boston, 3rd Edition | 2008
"The Perfect Park" in Boston Globe Magazine ("Post Office Square Park is one of America's gems.") | 2004
Best Urban Oasis | Boston Phoenix | 2004
"A piece of quiet civility" by Alex Krieger, in "Design Rules" | Fast Company magazine | September 1999
Centennial Medallion | American Soc. of Landscape Architects | "for significance in creating a better world" | 1999
"The Park at Post Office Square" (in A. Garvin, et al., Urban Parks and Open Space, Urban Land Institute | 1997
National Honor Award | American Institute of Architects | 1994
Rudy Bruner Award | for national "excellence in the urban environment" | 1993
Preservation Achievement Award | Boston Preservation Alliance | "for contemporary design in harmony with its setting" | 1993
Harleston Parker Medal | "For the most beautiful structure in the City" | City of Boston + Boston Society of Architects | 1992
Irrigation Designer
Civil Engineer
Friends of Post Office Square, Inc.
1.7 acres
Ellenzweig Associates, Inc.
(underground garage and park
Irrigation Consulting, Inc.
Parsons, Brinckerhoff, Quade, and
Douglas Inc.
Howard Ben Tré | fountain design
Rich Duca | ornamental iron
Ross Miller | trellis lighting system
Ulrike Welsch 1
Ben E. Watkins 2-6