Government Center

Carry an important looking briefcase in this business-oriented urban center and you’ll fit right in.

Government Center’s calculated pace runs like clockwork. Civic employees and downtown professionals overflow its austere central plaza during their morning commute and flood its outbound trains at day’s end. In the interim, stark concrete edifices, well-placed gyms and bagel shops, and the occasional skateboarder occupy this business-minded locale. Located in the heart of Downtown directly next to Faneuil Hall and serving as the T’s central hub, Government Center provides easy access to Boston and beyond.

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On the Map

Government Center is bordered by Downtown Crossing, Financial District, Beacon Hill, North End, West End, and Downtown

Logan International Airport: 15 minutes on the T or 10 minutes by car
Downtown Boston: 3 minutes on the T
Boston Common: 5 minutes on the T
Harvard Square: 15 minutes on the T

  • Public transit is Easy
  • Having a car is Difficult

Civic Plazas In the Middle of the City

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Government Center's most iconic building, Boston City Hall, continues to baffle architects and historians with its starkly brutalist form.

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Some love it as the focal point of Government Center's plaza. Others loathe it. City Hall's bleak exterior isn't alone in Government Center. Grey court houses and austere, towering edifices flank the strikingly geometric structure.

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Although it's colloquially called "the brick desert," the plaza pulses with life during city parades, festivals, and public rallies.

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Its proximity to destinations like Faneuil Hall and its convenient T accessibility make Government Center one of the city's most energetic crossroads.

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After the rush of incoming and outgoing professionals before 9 and past 5, the plaza fills with pedestrians, performers, and protesters.

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Boston's Connective Transit Center

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The T station at Government Center is your connection to Faneuil Hall, Boston's famed marketplace and meeting hall on The Freedom Trail. Browse its stores and enjoy its street performers as you make your way to the waterfront and Boston's perfectly dolce neighborhood, the North End.

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Government Center's T stop also connects to many of the city's ancillary T lines.

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Reach any part of Boston from its underground transit system.

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Don't worry about getting caught in the rain.

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Small shops and kiosks sell convenience wares in Government Center's tunnels.

Urban Amenities for Fast-Paced Professionals

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The scent of coffee and finagled bagels entices Government Center's civic servants to queue before the work day begins.

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Historic relics hide between modern convenience stores.

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Boston's Freedom Trail weaves past Government Center, and the Oriental Tea Company's 1873 kettle now whistles above a Starbucks.

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Government Center's surrounding gyms and chain stores pick up the pace when the neighborhood's professionals punch out for the day.

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Photography

Airbnb works with local photographers to capture the spirit of neighborhoods all around the world. The photography on this page includes work by:

Linda Skurchak

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Linda is a freelance photographer who focuses on editorial, event and portrait work. She loves Boston and she loves her camera. Working on the Airbnb project allowed her to get to know her city and its people even better. They did not disappoint.