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  • Guild Steps, Cram & Ferguson

Guild Steps

Artist:

Ralph Cram and Frank Ferguson

Location:

Boston Common  

Location

Boston Common
Beacon Street
Boston, MA
United States

Neighborhood:

Downtown

Type:

Architectural Sculpture

Year:

1915

Medium:

Granite

Collection:

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Description:

A broad flight of steps connects Beacon Street to the Boston Common at Joy Street, commemorating Curtis Guild, Jr. (1860-1915), Governor of Massachusetts from 1906 to 1909 and Ambassador to Russia from 1910 to 1913. At the top of the twenty-two steps are two substantial gateposts: one carries a portrait bust of Guild in bas-relief by the sculptor, Richard H. Recchia (1885-1983), while the other gatepost carries the seal of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The legend, “Built to Commemorate a Life of Service to Commonwealth and Nation” is inscribed on the steps’ second riser. The bottom of the steps is marked by an ironwork lamp post on either side. The ensemble of steps, gateposts, lamp posts, and ornamental iron railings was designed by the architectural firm of Cram & Ferguson, and installed in 1917.

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