Connect Historic Boston: Faneuil Hall Case Study

Reliance Foundry as Bollards

In Boston’s downtown core is the historic Freedom Trail. Every stop along the trail was part of some important moment in the nation’s founding. Areas of interest include Paul Revere’s house, the Boston Common, and Faneuil Hall.

The Freedom Trail attracts 4 million people annually: having that many people walk, bike, or drive safely along small streets and heritage buildings requires thoughtful implementation. To help manage modern traffic around these important older sites, the City of Boston undertook a revitalization program called “Connect Historic Boston” to update the nearby infrastructure. 

At one point, the trail winds through an old section called the “Blackstone Block,” filled with cobbled one-way streets and alleys. This pedestrian-friendly portion opens onto the busy North St. that connects larger arterial roads. Crossing North St. brings the tourist to Faneuil Hall, a historic marketplace with ample outdoor grounds and seating.

The city chose to install protective bollards in the crossing area between these two blocks, to help maintain a pedestrian-friendly space. In a crowded downtown filled with visitors, the bollards are important preventing cars from inappropriately parking on the concrete surround of the 18th century public market. These bollards had to be appropriately sculptural for the rich traditional architecture of the area. The R-7553, cast in ductile iron and powder-coated a rich black, add to the atmosphere of the area while protecting those walking the trail, stopping for a picnic near the statue of Samuel Adams. The R-7553 has a clean, non-fluted body and a classical shape. It covers a security pipe of 4-1/2 inches. Each bollard weighs a solid 81 pounds.

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