Norman B. Leventhal

Norman B. Leventhal was the chairman of The Beacon Companies, a developer and manager of office buildings, housing, and hotels. Leventhal is best known for his work in civic improvements to the city of Boston, and consequently has a park named after him of which he oversaw the creation.

Born and raised in Boston, Leventhal is a 1933 graduate of Boston Latin School and a 1938 graduate of MIT.[1]

At Beacon, Leventhal helped direct several major civic improvement projects in Boston, including Rowes Wharf, Center Plaza, One Post Office Square, and 5,100 units of affordable housing. Leventhal co-founded The Beacon Companies as a construction company with his brother, Robert, in 1946. The firm's conversion of Post Office Square from a 2 12-story parking garage to a lush park, with parking underground, in 1992 is considered emblematic of Leventhal's vision: to enliven and make hospitable Boston's public spaces. "We must constantly work to find ways to make the riches of Boston available to all her citizens, not just the most fortunate among us," he was quoted in a 1997 Boston Globe article. Post Office Square Park was dedicated and named Norman B. Leventhal Park the same year. As chairman of the Trust for City Hall Plaza, Leventhal currently is spearheading the effort to revitalize that center.[2]

Leventhal published Mapping Boston (MIT Press, 1999), a book about the social and topographical development of Boston, from its founding to the present day. He was inducted to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's Academy of Distinguished Citizens in 1999 and has been honored by several other business and philanthropic organizations. He holds honorary degrees from Hebrew College and Brandeis University.

In 2004 Leventhal, a collector of historic maps, partnered with the Boston Public Library creating The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library (BPL). The partnership enables public access to the 250,000 maps and atlases in the Boston Public Library’s collection. Leventhal envisioned that the BPLs cartographic resources would lead to the foundation of educational programs for students.[3]

References

  1. ^ B.U. Bridge: Boston University community's weekly newspaper
  2. ^ http://www.normanbleventhalpark.org/nb_leventhal.html. Norman B. Leventhal Park: Norman B. Leventhal. Norman B. Leventhal Park. Accessed 21 March 2008
  3. ^ http://maps.bpl.org/history/. Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Inc.: History of the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center. Norman B. Leventhal Map Center, Inc. Accessed 21 March 2008

External links


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Norman B. Leventhal Map Center — The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library is the steward of the Boston Public Library’s map collection, of over 200,000 historic and contemporary maps and 5,000 atlases. The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center launched in 2004 as …   Wikipedia

  • Leventhal — may refer to:* John Leventhal, Grammy award winning guitarist, composer and music producer * Harold Leventhal, American Music Manager * Norman B. Leventhal, Chairman of The Beacon Companies * Alan Leventhal, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer… …   Wikipedia

  • Stein-Leventhal-Syndrom — Klassifikation nach ICD 10 E28.2 Syndrom polyzystischer Ovarien …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Boston — This article is about the capital of Massachusetts. For other uses, see Boston (disambiguation). Boston   City   Clockwise: Skyline of Back Bay seen from the …   Wikipedia

  • Post Office Square, Boston, Massachusetts — Post Office Square (est. 1874) in Boston, Massachusetts is located in the financial district at the intersection of Milk, Congress, Pearl and Water Streets.[1][2] It was named in 1874 after the post office which fronted it,[3] now replaced by the …   Wikipedia

  • Boston, Massachusetts — Infobox Settlement name = Boston official name = City of Boston settlement type = City nickname = Beantown,cite web|url=http://www.boston.com/travel/boston/boston nicknames/|publisher=The Boston Globe|title=What s in a nickname?|author=Norman… …   Wikipedia

  • Outline of Asia — See also: Index of Asia related articles The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Asia: Asia – world s largest and most populous continent, located primarily in the eastern and northern hemispheres. It covers 8.7%… …   Wikipedia

  • Asia — For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). Asia …   Wikipedia

  • Morrissey Boulevard — William T. Morrissey Boulevard Morrissey Boulevard highlighted in red Maintained by: the Department of Conservation and Recreation Length …   Wikipedia

  • Forbes Smiley — Edward Forbes Smiley III (born April 13, 1956) was sentenced in 2006 for stealing 97 rare mapsCite web|url=http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/articles/2006/06/22/collector pleads guilty admits stealing rare maps/?p1=MEWell… …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”