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Codman Square

Artist:

Unknown

Location:

Washington Street at Talbot Avenue  

Location

Washington Street at Talbot Avenue
United States
42° 17' 25.2312" N, 71° 4' 16.1652" W

Neighborhood:

Dorchester

Type:

Memorial

Year:

1910 / 1992

Medium:

Bronze and Granite

Collection:

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Description:

Codman Square commemorates the community service of the Rev. Dr. John Codman (1782-1847), who was pastor of the nearby Second Church in Dorchester from 1808 until his death in 1847. The original memorial to Dr. Codman, erected in 1910, was a circular stone bench with a high, square central back supported by scroll-work sides. The rear of the bench faced the street and carried a bronze plaque recording the square’s dedication to Dr. Codman, but when the square was reconstructed in 1992  the bench’s seat was removed and its back turned around. Now a free-standing memorial, its plaque-bearing side  faces inward to the park with the reconstructed bench viewable across the way.

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