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Fairmont Copley Plaza

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    Fairmont Copley Plaza
 in BostonHistory: 
    Fairmont Copley Plaza
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History

Located in Boston's historic Back Bay, Fairmont Copley Plaza stands alongside the Boston Public Library, Trinity Church, and Hancock Tower as one the architectural landmarks of Copley Square. The hotel's Oval Room, considered one of the most beautiful rooms in Boston, features a realistic sky-and-cloud ceiling mural.

Legend has it that when John Singer Sargent was painting the murals at the Boston Public Library, he would often come to the hotel and watch the artisans paint the Oval Room's mural as he ate his lunch. The day when the artisans asked Sargent to add his touch to the mural, he mounted the scaffolding and painted an angel. Sargent's angel graced the ceiling for over 30 years until the mural was painted over during renovations in the 1940s. Today, the angel is the invisible guardian of the Oval Room.

Nearly every U.S. president since Taft has stayed at Fairmont Copley Plaza. Many foreign dignitaries, royalty and countless celebrities have also graced this Boston hotel.

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Guest Historian Series

Stanley TurkelRead more about the history of the Fairmont Copley Plaza, as told by Historic Hotels of America 2014 and 2015 Historian of the Year Stanley Turkel. Excerpt is taken from his latest book Built to Last: 100+ Year-Old Hotels East of the Mississippi (AuthorHouse 2013).


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