Where Is This Grand Stairway in Boston?

Do you recognize this stairway?
Do you recognize this stairway?
Tony Sahadeo for New England School of Photography

This grand stairway leads to a research room inside a well-known Boston building which, when it first opened in 1895, was declared a “palace for the people.”

The mural at the top of the staircase was painted by French artist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898), known as one of the best muralists of the 19th century.

The trustees commissioned the artist to paint eight murals for the building. The murals represent the main disciplines of philosophy, poetry, history, and science. Puris de Chavannes, reluctant to travel to Boston, created the murals at his studeo in Paris and then shipped them here. It was his only mural commission outside of France.

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Photographer Tony Sahadeo took this photo, which is actually a photo within a photo.

Sahadeo is the in-house photographer at Boston’s New England School of Photography in Kenmore Square.

“As the school photographer, my job is to create images to document student life at NESOP,” Sahadeo told Boston.com. “Our students often travel to various locations within and outside of Boston for in-class photography sessions.”

In this photo, Sahadeo followed student Jen Langis, whose hand you see on the camera, while she was shooting the stairway of this building for a school project.

In what building is this stairway?

A big thank you to Sahadeo for sharing his photo. Check back with us tomorrow to discover the building’s identity.

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Answer: McKim Building of the Boston Public Library