The Eliot Tower and Memorial Bridge is located just a short walk from Blue Hill Observatory. It is one of the most popular destinations for hundreds of hikers who visit the Reservation each year. In addition students who participate in Observatory programs often have their lunch at the Tower.
The Eliot Memorial Bridge predates the Eliot Tower. It was built in 1904 as a tribute to Charles Eliot the famous Landscape Architect who was instrumental in preserving the Blue Hills Reservation.
The Great Blue Hill Observation Tower was constructed 75 years ago by F.D.R’s Civilian Conservation
Corps (CCC). Often referred to as the Eliot Tower it was assumed by many over the years to have been built at the same time as the bridge. Attached to the tower was a “Shelter” with massive fireplace, a wide terrace, outdoor tables and settees.
Today, this National Historic Landmark is showing the results of years of neglect. The roof is in total disrepair, the walls are covered with graffiti, the doors are missing and the once pristine slate floor is cracked and broken. Complete restoration is needed immediately and Blue Hill Observatory is spearheading the effort.
Each year Blue Hill Observatory hosts educational programs for hundreds of children. With only one small room (original libary) for use as a classroom there is an urgent need for instructional space. Because of the close proximity to the Observatory, the Eliot Tower is the optimal place for a small Blue Hill Science Center with adjoining restrooms.
Thanks to support from CBT Architects of Boston and many volunteers we now have plans for the complete restoration of the Eliot Tower & Pavilion with a classroom addition and public restrooms.
This addition will be connected to the Pavilion with a breezeway and adjoining terrace. It will be constructed with energy efficient walls and synthetic thin stone veneer. It will incorporate as much green technology as possble including photovoltic panels, rain harvesting and composting toilets.
The floorplan will include two large classrooms, a reception area and two public restrooms.
The Eliot Tower Restoration Project Benefits Everyone:
- A National Historic Landmark is restored and refurbished.
- Visitors have a spectacular destination with clean restrooms.
- The Observatory Science Center gains much needed classroom space.
If you would like to help make this very important project become a reality please contact Executve Director Charles Orloff- firstname.lastname@example.org