"Boylston Street Fire Station..." Copley Square Tip by rids

Copley Square, Boston: 30 reviews and 67 photos


<b><font color=brown size=3>Boylston Street Fire Station and the Institute of Contemporary Art</b></font>
Built in 1887, this was the first combined fire and police station in the city. It was designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque-style by city architect Arthur Vinal. The turret tower was used for drying fire hoses and the central bay led to the stable yards. Still home to the Engine Company 33 and Ladder Company 15, the station is noted for several fire-fighting innovations. It housed the first ladder truck in Boston equipped with a 3-horse hitch and was the first to acquire a turntable aerial truck. In 1976, the police station was renovated into galleries and became home to the Institute of Contemporary Art.
The place to go if you like contemporary art.

Directions: Boylston Street Fire Station - 941 Boylston Street.
Institute of Contemporary Art - 955 Boylston Street.

othercontact: (617) 266-5152. Closed Monday an

Review Helpfulness: 1.5 out of 5 stars

Was this review helpful?

  • Updated Aug 25, 2002
  • Send to a Friend
  • Add to your Trip Planner
  • Report Abuse



“Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.”

Online Now


Top 5,000 Travel Writer
Member Rank:
0 4 7 9 2

Have you been to Boston?

  Share Your Travels