To celebrate Boston’s history and heritage the Fairmont Copley Plaza Boston introduces eight culturally inspired suites. Built on the original site of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Fairmont Copley Plaza has stood as one of the city’s architectural jewels and part of the fabric of the community for over 90 years. To celebrate this connection with Boston’s cultural community curators and archivists have created suites to highlights the communities’ cultural and historic sites and attractions.
In Suite 341 explores the roots of the Museum of Fine Arts. Step back in time to the 1890’s with photographs of the original museum and reproductions of MFA Masterworks including a sculpture of Degas’ Ballerina, John Singer Sargent watercolors and Claude Monet’s Poppy Fields.
Each suite features framed artwork and other accoutrements showcasing the partner organizations, including John F. Kennedy Library and Museum, Museum of Science, and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Other partners contributing to the success of the project are the Boston Pops, Museum of Fine Arts, the Freedom Trail Foundation, the Boston Public Library, and the Sports Museum. “The Fairmont Copley Plaza is now more than ever at the heart of the community,” said Jon Crellin, general manager at the Fairmont Copley Plaza.
Former mayor of Boston, John “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, cut the ribbon on the hotel when it opened in 1912. He is shown in a photograph with his grandson, John F. Kennedy in the John F. Kennedy Library and Museum suite 641. Fairmont Copley Plaza shares this rich history through an intimate collection of powerful images that celebrate the public and private life of the late president and his family.
Suite 623, The Museum of Science highlights historic photographs of the Junior Explorer’s Club in 1937. Intriguing artwork, and a photograph of the original building that housed the Museum of Science in the early 20th capture pieces of the past. The suite also includes visual representations of physical phenomena by Felice Frankel, a science photographer and research scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
For a taste of Boston’s music history guests can request Boston Symphony Orchestra Suite 441 or Suite 423 dedicated to the Boston Pops. As the “official hotel” of the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops the Fairmont Copley Plaza created suites that appeal to the senses of the guests. Each suite features collections of CDs from both orchestras and news clippings from the early 20th century to set the mood for guests. Images of the world famous Symphony Hall and artwork celebrate the history of America’s Orchestra through its early days with Arthur Fielder to its time with John Williams and to its present with Keith Lockhart.
The birth of a nation is the inspiration for Freedom Trail Suite 323. Among the historic images is a map of Boston from 1722, a scene from the harbor during the Revolutionary War and the Boston Common from 1844. Artwork includes the famous etching of the Boston Massacre designed to incite rebellion by Paul Revere.
The Fairmont Copley Plaza and the Boston Public Library are two of the architectural jewels of Copley Square. Suite 241 is dedicated to the Boston Public Library and combines the library ’s beautiful interior, with images from its private collection. A rendering of Copley Square from 1914 includes the hotel. Other photographs feature the Library’s historic interiors, courtyard and exterior shots.
Great moments in the city’s sports history are celebrated with original pieces of memorabilia in the Sports Museum Suite 223. A championship Celtics banner and parquet flooring from the Boston Garden are among the highlights in the suite. News clippings capture the moment in 1918 when the Red Sox last won the World Series. A black and white image of the first Boston Marathon is also on display.
By Melody Schubert