North Square Stories | A+J Art+Design


North Square Stories and the reconstruction of North Square received two awards in 2020.

Boston Preservation Alliance

In recognition of, among other things, the importance of storytelling in keeping our histories alive.


American Public Works Association

For excellence in the management and administration of public works projects.


The Story of North Square Stories


North Square Stories Project Statement | A+J Art+Design

On September 23, 2019, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, the North Square project team and the North End community celebrated the completed reconstruction of Boston’s oldest public square. North Square is the location of many sites of local and national historical significance: Paul Revere House, Mariners House, Sacred Heart Church, numerous other historic buildings and The Freedom Trail. Now it is also home to Boston’s newest permanent public artwork, A+J Art+Design’s North Square Stories. A+J joined the project team of the Boston Public Works Department (PWD), BETA Group Inc., and the Boston Art Commission of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the project broke ground on October 11, 2017.


Find out more about the North Square Stories artwork in North Square.

1798 North Square View

The first sculpture encountered on arriving at North Square from the south along the Freedom Trail and North Square Street.


Story Vault Map

North End Story Map

A thee-dimensional map of the North End is installed on the north side of the Square.


Interactive Marine Instrument

Fantastical Historical Nautical Instrument

A complex viewing and navigation instrument, with an assemblage of scopes facing in many different directions…


What We Brought With Us

A miniature landscape of North Square inside a suitcase, celebrating North End traditions and made with help from local students…



Your North End story is welcome!

Years ago my mother showed me this photo which was used as a display item in a photographer’s shop on Hanover Street in the North End in 1934. At that time she was living at 3 Prince Street in the North End of Boston.

My mother immigrated at the age of 7 to the North End in 1925 and joined her parents and sister at 284 Hanover Street. Her birth place was Licodia Eubea, Sicily. She left behind grandparents, uncles, and aunts who decided not to immigrate to America. However, her father Sebastiano, his brother Pasquale, and his sister Alfonsina were the first to leave Sicily in the early 1900’s to find work and opportunity in America. They first came to Boston’s North End. All three siblings married and had children and today 4 generations later their families live and prosper in America.

Thomas DamigellaLong-time North End resident
My great Uncle Emanuel LoPresti  immigrated to the North End, Boston, in 1910. He brought later his wife and 2 children Laura and Alfred, an his wife Alfonsina (Amalia) from Licodia Eubea, Sicily. His other child Inez remained in Sicily with her grandparents and later joined her family in America.

My great uncle established and became the first editor of the all Italian daily newspaper La Notizia (The News) in the North End.

The newspaper’s office  was located at 30-34 Battery Street in the North End. This paper was one of 2 all Italian daily papers that were printed in the North End that was instrumental in serving the continual growing Italian immigration population of the North End.

Thomas DamigellaLong-time North End resident


A+J Art+Design

Artist Team

A+J Art+Design is a multidisciplinary collaboration between artists Ann Hirsch and Jeremy Angier who believe that public art can provoke and entice while inspiring civic engagement.


The Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture and Boston Art Commission

City of Boston Arts Board

The Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture (MOAC) “enhances the quality of life, the economy, and the design of the City through the arts…


Boston Public Works with BETA Group, Inc.

Project Lead and Design Consultants

The Boston Public Works Department (BPWD) will be making site improvements to North Square in collaboration with Design Consultants BETA Group, Inc.


Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services

Community Advisory Panel

The Boston Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services helped administer the North Square Public Art Project Advisory Panel. You can see posts on the Panel’s activity through our blog:

Advisory Panel Blog Posts →



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    We thank Joseph Fleury and the Boston Public Works Department, Karin Goodfellow, Kara Eliot-Ortega and Sarah Rodrigo of the Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture and the Boston Art Commission, Architectural Paving and Stone and BETA Inc. for their support and partnership as well as the Selection Committee for the North Square Public Art project and Mayor Marty Walsh for his support.

    We especially thank the NEWNC and NEWRA community groups and members of our Advisory Panel, including: Jim Pasto, Nina Zannieri, Ben Edwards, Suzanne Taylor, Richard and Bennett Molinari, Victor Brogna, Tommy Damigella, John Pregmon, Lindsay Yazzolino, David Kubiak, L’Merchie Frazier and the National Braille Press as well as Matt Conti and and Phillip Orlandella and the North End Regional Review. We also thank students of the St. John and Eliot Schools who contributed luggage label drawings to the “What We Brought With Us” sculpture.  And so many others… Thank you!