Mayor Walsh announces redesign of lighting at City Hall Plaza

A rendering of the new lighting at City Hall Plaza.
A rendering of the new lighting at City Hall Plaza. –Photo courtesy Mayor Walsh’s office

Thanks to a new, energy-efficient renovation plan, City Hall Plaza should be a little bit brighter by the end of the summer.

Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Monday that new, high-efficiency LED lighting will be installed at the plaza in an effort to enhance the building’s design and to increase safety for pedestrians, according to a release from his office. The fixtures will replace City Hall’s original lighting system, which has been in place since the building was completed in 1968.

“We are committed to creating a welcoming, lively City Hall Plaza, and installing new lights will make the plaza safer while connecting us to Faneuil Hall and Quincy Market,’’ Walsh said in the release. “The lighting restores the outside of City Hall to its original design and the LED technology will help us meet our sustainability goals.’’


The new lighting comes with a 20-year life span and will replace the recessed lights currently used to illuminate the building that only last for about four years and cost more to operate, according to the release. The new fixtures can also project different colors onto City Hall, allowing the city to use certain patterns to acknowledge various events and memorials.

The mayor’s office said they expect the update will save the city in energy costs, and that its received a grant from Eversource for $76,000 to help fund the project.

“City Hall’s powerful forms and evocative spaces represent Boston’s faith in its citizens and their government. It was always meant to evolve so it could meet changing needs and incorporate contemporary technologies,’’ David Eisen, the vice president of communication for the Boston Society of Architects, said in the release. “We’re delighted to see the city reaching out to the public with new ways of thinking about this — and other — civic places and spaces. Lighting will help this bold piece of architecture to engage the urban landscape around it.’’

Construction on the project is expected to begin this April and should wrap-up by the end of the summer, the release said. Because the building is a pending landmark, the Boston Landmarks Commission is continuing to review the plan and others that involve improvements to City Hall.

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