Hancock Adams Common

Project Highlights

  • 2020 BSLA Design Merit Award
  • 2019 Preservation Mass Frederick Law Olmsted Award
  • 2019 ACEC/MA Bronze Award for Engineering Excellence
  • 2018 American Planning Association MA Award
  • Coordination of Multi-Phase Effort
  • Multi-Modal Design

Bringing new life and activity to historic Quincy, Hancock-Adams Common has become a civic focal point for the community. This new activated park and streetscape connect cyclists and pedestrians to the bustling downtown. Contemporary water features and elegant materials establish a celebratory ground that commemorates Quincy’s national renown as the birthplace and home of two American presidents.

Halvorson | Tighe & Bond Studio’s ambitious park design realigns the urban fabric, repurposing a discontinued roadway and transforming it into a meaningful civic open space through the reconstruction of two major streets. These moves allowed for an integrated vision for the park and surrounding historic downtown. The transformation of Hancock Street introduces a new pedestrian promenade and plaza, which serve as an attractive setting for three of the city’s most important historic sites: United First Parish Church, Old City Hall, and Hancock Cemetery.


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