December 2014, parks, Back Bay

shurcliff benches

sadies's seat (sonya kovacic)

sadies's seat (sonya kovacic)

The Esplanade has 266 historic Shurcliff benches named for Arthur Shurcliff, the landscape designer and Olmsted protégé who laid out the park’s original plantings.

-Esplanade Association 

Arthur Shurcliff was a notable landscape architect born in Boston in 1870, who along with Fredrick Law Olmsted Jr, helped found America's first landscape architecture school at Harvard. Among many projects, he is known for laying out the Charles River Esplanade, Old Sturburdge Village, the Franklin Park Zoo, and redesigning Olmsted's Back Bay Fens.


Adopt a bench and get a customized cast bronze plaque. 

Check out Cella, a 3D printing innovation from two Harvard landscape architecture alums.