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Vendome Fire Memorial

Artist:

Ted Clausen and Peter White

Location:

Commonwealth Ave. Mall, between Dartmouth St. and Clarendon St.  

Location

Commonwealth Ave. Mall, between Dartmouth St. and Clarendon St.
United States
42° 21' 7.1424" N, 71° 4' 40.0836" W

Neighborhood:

Back Bay

Type:

Sculpture

Year:

1998

Medium:

Bronze

Collection:

City of Boston

Funders:

Vendome Firefighters Memorial Committee

Description:

In 1972, a tragic fire at the Hotel Vendome claimed the lives of nine firefighters, who were killed when a section of the burning building collapsed. Erected twenty-five years later, this granite and bronze structure honors those firefighters and marks the hotel’s former location. Its unadorned, modern design focuses our attention on the absence of the deceased men, symbolized by a helmet and a jacket draped over the curved wall. The memorial’s form developed through creative dialogue between the artists and the fireman who proposed the piece. Names of the nine men and an account of the events on the day of the fire are etched into the wall, along with quotations from firefighters reflecting on their vocation.

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