THIS STORY HAS BEEN FORMATTED FOR EASY PRINTING
< Back to front page Text size +

Fairmont Copley Plaza celebrates 100 years with second ribbon cutting

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  August 16, 2012 07:15 PM

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article

IMG_0102.JPG

(Photos by Johanna Kaiser for boston.com)

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Fairmont Copley Plaza general manager Paul Tormey cut the ribbon in front of the Copley Square hotel to celebrate its 100th anniversary.

The Fairmont Copley Plaza celebrated its 100th anniversary Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony honoring the historical building and the people who have kept the hotel running for the past century.

"For 100 years, together with Trinity Church, the Old South Church, the Boston Public Library, the Copley Plaza has been the landmark on this beautiful square and the best part of Boston--the Back Bay," Paul Tormey, general manager and regional vice president at the Fairmont Copley Plaza, said welcoming hotel guests, friends and employees past and present to the sidewalk ceremony outside of the hotel's main entrance on Copley Square.

The hotel, which cost $5 million to build, opened in 1912 with a ribbon cutting by Mayor John "Honey Fitz" Fitzgerald and since then has welcomed guests and visitors to Boston from around the world -- including every U.S. President since William Taft.

"As much as we honor this building itself what really makes this hotel work in my mind is the litany of stories of special events that have happened here," said Tormey, recalling weddings, cotillions, first and last dates, and even his own parents' 65th wedding anniversary at the hotel.

While the celebration honored the building and its past, it was the employees that work or have worked there that were given the highest praise.

"We have a beautiful building, but it's a pile of rock, really," said Tormey. "Without the people it's a beautiful building, but without having our wonderful colleagues here…we wouldn't have a hotel."

IMG_0098.jpg

(Photos by Johanna Kaiser for boston.com)

A three piece band played outside the Fairmont Copley Plaza before the ribbon cutting.

Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who cut the new red ribbon across the entrance just as Fitzgerald did in 1912, also praised the staff for welcoming the city's guests.

"It's the people who make it--the people who wait on your tables, who clean the rooms, who greet you when you get there--that's what makes this hotel a very special place: 100 years of service to the visitors of our city," said Menino.

Menino, who said he learned that the hotel charged $2 for a steak and $2.25 for a lobster plate when it first opened, also praised the hotel's commitment to maintaining its historic integrity while looking forward.

"The hotel reflects Boston in that you offer the best of the old and the new," Menino said of the hotel that was the first to offer telephone direct dial to guests, and just underwent a $20 million top-to-bottom renovation and restoration project.

"The hotel has been a symbol of Boston's rich tradition of elegance, history, and culture," he said, reading from an official proclamation naming Thursday Fairmont Copley Plaza Day in Boston.
--
Twitter: @YourBackBay
E-mail: johanna.yourtown@gmail.com

E-mail this article

Invalid E-mail address
Invalid E-mail address

Sending your article