Faneuil Hall

  • Mayor Menino delivered his inaugural address here in 1994 and several subsequent State of the City addresses. On March 28, 2013, Mayor Menino announced at Faneuil Hall that he would not seek re-election.
  • Each spring, Mayor Menino held school awards at Faneuil Hall for outstanding students from every Boston Public School in the city. The awards took place over several nights.

Boston City Hall

  • Mayor Menino’s second home; the building where he worked for more than 30 years.

Parkman House

  • Official Mayoral residence, used by Mayor Menino to host dignitaries, luncheons, and other special events. Mayor Menino also resided for brief periods of time at the Parkman House, as he recovered from hospital stays.

Boston University/Kenmore Square

  • Following his final term, which drew to a close in January of 2014, Mayor Menino joined Boston University where he served as co-director for the newly founded Initiative on Cities. At the IoC, Mayor Menino led an effort to investigate the dynamic nature of our world’s cities and bridge the gap between academic research on urban affairs and practical implementation. Mayor Menino’s office is located on Bay State Road.

Fenway Park

  • Mayor Menino was a lifelong baseball fan and 30+ year season ticket holder for the Boston Red Sox.
  • During Mayor Menino’s 20 year tenure, all four of Boston’s major professional sports teams won titles, totaling eight championships.
  • The 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox unified the city following the Boston Marathon attacks. Mayor Menino’s final rolling rally took place on November 2, 2013.
  • Mayor Menino’s beloved Louisville Slugger baseball bat cane was a gift from longtime friends and devoted Red Sox fans Gary and Lynne Smith.

Dudley Square

  • In a few weeks, the former Ferdinand Building in Dudley Square will open as a multiservice center—a testament to Mayor Menino’s tenacity and his staunch commitment to enhance all Boston neighborhoods.

Grove Hall 

  • In 2001, Mayor Menino delivered on his promise of bringing a supermarket to Grove Hall. The Grove Hall Mecca, a $13 million shopping complex revitalized Blue Hill Avenue, the main artery of the neighborhood. The project was financed with $1.2 million in city funds, $6.8 million in federal empowerment zone dollars from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and $5 million from Fleet Bank.

Franklin Park

  • Mayor Menino was proud of the City’s public golf courses. He maintained a special interest in improving this jewel of the Emerald Necklace throughout his mayoralty.

Bowdoin Geneva

  • Each Christmas Eve, Mayor Menino walked the streets of Bowdoin Geneva and passed out toys to children at St. Peter’s Teen Center. It was one of his most cherished traditions.

Mattapan Library

  • During Mayor Menino’s tenure, award-winning library branches were opened in the neighborhoods of Allston, Mattapan, Grove Hall, and East Boston; and countless improvements were made to other libraries in the 24-branch system. The Boston Public Library also became a leader in digitization, e-book lending, and community engagement, all while maintaining the second-largest collections in the nation, second only to the Library of Congress.
  • On February 28, 2009, the Mattapan community celebrated the opening of this architecturally-stunning, technologically enhanced, and service-rich new Mattapan Branch library at 1350 Blue Hill Avenue

Roslindale Square

  • In 1985, then District 5 City Councilor Menino helped form Roslindale Village Main Street (RVMS) as one of the first urban Main Street Programs in the nation.
  • Under Mayor Menino’s tenure, 18 Main Streets Districts have flourished across the city.

Most Precious Blood

  • Mayor Menino was baptized at Most Precious Blood and also served at this church as an altar boy. It was his family’s parish; they lived around the corner on Hyde Park Avenue.

4 Responses to “Places of Significance Along Mayor Menino’s Final Ride Home”

  1. Ligia

    Mayor Menino loved to celebrate students’ accomplishments and he loved to recognized their families. It was amazing to see how every year Mayo Menino recognized two students from each Boston Public School by given the Spirit and Academic Awards. He touched so many families by taking the time to listen to all principals and Headmasters talked about these students’ successes in their schools. During the Valedictorians’ luncheon, he honored the families of senior students who had the highest GPA from their high schools. This year we missed the Spirit and Academic Awards Ceremony.
    He was a great Mayor, a great leader, an outstanding instructional leader, and amazing human being. We are going to miss him!!!
    Farewell Mayor Menino!!
    L. Noriega-Murphy

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  2. megambon2164

    I remember when I was a fairly new reporter for the Hyde Park Gazette, a local weekly. I had seen Mayor Menino at press conferences, but on the day of the first Hyde Park Annal Parade, I would have my first chance to interview him one-on-one. I was sitting in the car with my mom, more worried about showing respect to him and how to address him. Mayor, Your Honor … Then my mom sees him across the street and yells, “Hey, Tommy!” The Mayor waved and called back, “Hey, How ya doing’? That is just the way he was. He assured me he knew I was “the ace reporter from Hyde Park” and complemented my mom on doing a great job. I am so proud to have known him and to have been influenced by him for two decades. Now he can join my Mom in heaven.

    Mary Ellen Gambon, Roslindale, MA

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  3. Linda D'Agostino

    I have lived in Brighton, Oak Square for more than 36 years and my most fondest memories are of when Mayor Menino would do the Christmas Tree lighting’s. I would take my children to see him. He would arrive on the trolley. No matter what the weather was like, he was always there. He was never rushed and would take the time to talk with adults and children. He was so amazing. I will miss him so much.

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  4. Thomas Plant

    Mayor Menino was a true and beloved leader for the City of Boston and the residents of its neighborhoods. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Menino Family at their significant loss. He was a shinning example of a true public servant for The City of Boston, Massachusetts, and the nation. He took joy in knowing people by their names, joy in making our neighborhoods safer, economically stable, building new affordable housing, and reforming our schools to produce new leaders for future of Boston. He also was a great champion for public health and innovative public health and environmental policies on a myriad of issues to improve the health and well-being of all the resident of the City of Boston, including the most vulnerable. He made the City of Boston a leader in energy efficient buildings and developments as well. He celebrated with the people and lead us in our mourning during the Boston Marathon Bombing. He was Boston Strong, and knew that that the Spirit of Boston would alway triumph over those who tried to take it from us, a true Patriot. We will miss him tremendously. We understood his passion and love for the City of Boston. We say Mayor Menino job well done! What an extraodinary life of accomplishments, commitment, and love for the City of Boston and its people! We will remember you always, and keep you in our heart and mind.

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