City Hall Gets Glitz Up with New Light Installation

By Beth Treffeisen

A new exterior lighting installation that brings life to Boston City Hall’s architectural exterior was unveiled last Thursday, October 13 during the year’s final Beer Garden on the Bricks event on City Hall Plaza.

The permanent fixture highlights and enhances the building’s original design and increases public safety on the plaza.

“I am proud that for the first time in its 48 year history, Boston City Hall is going to shine,” said Mayor Walsh in a statement.

New high-efficiency LED fixtures replaced the original exterior recessed lighting to illuminate the lower levels and light up the entrances. The new fixtures washes the building with a warm white light but also have the capability of projecting a wide-range of color options.

The new exterior lighting improves security lighting, and allows for the floodlights and associated conduit added to the building over the years to be removed in its entirety.

The lighting is utilizing energy efficient equipment with LED technology to help meet the city’s sustainability goals.

“Light is a metaphor for many things – energy, transparency, understanding – and light is necessary for growth and evolution,” said Greg Galer, the executive director of the Boston Preservation Alliance in a statement.

He continued, “Bringing new light to City Hall is symbolic of not just a change in attitude of this important piece of architecture but as a sign of a new life for City Hall and the plaza.”

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