Government Center is a significant mid-twentieth century urban renewal project that, in the 1960s, transformed the old Scollay Square into a newly configured, mixed-use civic center. Government Center was one of the early projects of the Boston Redevelopment Authority, which was established in 1957 and headed by planner Edward J. Logue from 1960 to 1968. I.M. Pei & Associates of New York City designed the master plan (1961), which encompassed new city, state, and federal office buildings, privately-financed office and retail space, and the eight-acre City Hall Plaza, as well as the preservation of select historic properties. An array of architects with regional, national, and international reputations was associated with its execution.
Courtesy of the Boston Landmarks Commission