Dock Square

Dock Square in downtown Boston, Massachusetts is a public square adjacent to Faneuil Hall, bounded by Congress Street,  Street, and the steps of the 60 Street office tower. Its name derives from its original (17th-century) location at the waterfront.

From the 1630s through the early 19th century, it served boats in the Boston Harbor as “the common landing place, at Bendell’s Cove,” later called Dock. “Around the dock was transacted the chief mercantile business of the .” After the waterfront was filled in in the early 19th century, Dock Square continued as a center of commerce for some years.

The addition in the 1960s of  Center changed the scale and character of the square from a hub of life, to a place one merely passes through. As of the 1950s the square has become largely a tourist spot, with the Freedom Trail running through it.