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Hancock Adams Common

Quincy, MA

Design Partners:

Halvorson Tighe & Bond Studio


2020 Design Merit Award, 2019 Frederick Law Olmsted Award, 2019 Bronze Award (Woodard & Curran), 2018 Silver Award (Howard Stein Hudson), 2018 American Planning Association Massachusetts Award

In the center of Quincy’s downtown are three historic sites: United First Parish Church, where Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams are entombed, Old City Hall, and the nearly 400-year-old Hancock Cemetery. The three landmarks are now connected by the Hancock Adams Common, a civic park and plaza that has re-envisioned the city’s historic district. But for years, the church was separated from the city hall and cemetery by a four-lane roadway. 

The ambitious Commons project, a collaboration between the City of Quincy and landscape architecture firm Halvorson Tighe & Bond Studio, rerouted Hancock Street and replaced it with a tree-lined pedestrian promenade gracing the three-acre park. Water features abound in the park, as do grassy spaces, seating walls, and custom benches that invite people to congregate and relax. The rich brown tone of oiled ipe benches contrasts the gray tones of granite surfaces throughout the park. Radiused benches nestle into small alcoves along the walkway, offering semiprivate conversation spaces. Open since 2018, the Common is rekindling a sense of civic pride and sparking further improvements in downtown Quincy.