MBTA will keep mosaic, build around it
When you start a construction project to renovate a major subway station that dates back to the previous century, you’re bound to come across some surprises.
A 100-year-old “Scollay Under” mosaic was uncovered by Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority construction crews.
The mosaic was discovered on a Blue Line platform, near the location of the existing escalator, MBTA spokesperson Joe Pesaturo said.
The goal is to keep the mosaic in place and build around it.
Before Boston City Hall Plaza was built at its current location, completely replacing old Scollay Square, the underground station platforms were known as Scollay on what would become the Green Line, and Scollay Under on what would be called the Blue Line.
The other Scollay Under mosaic has been visible on the Green Line platform.
Government Center Station closed March 22 as reconstruction begins on the station. When the project is done, the station will include a new head house structure as the primary entrance, raised code compliant platforms to provide accessible boarding of the Green Line low-floor trains, the introduction of new elevators from the street to the Green Line level, as well as from the Green Line level to the Blue Line level, new escalators and a new and expanded fare collection area.