A Lion's Lament

Hotel Kensington Lions
Boston Public Library - Flickr
These lions, on the right, were once found in front of the old Hotel Kensington in Boston, They seem to be the perfect guards as guests checked in for a stay. From the looks of the top photo it must have been a swanky place as one woman leaving the hotel is dressed in a fur coat. In the distance of the first photo is the Old South Church with it's ornate tower.

Boston Public Library Main Staircase Lions
Boston Public Library Main Staircase
Lions seem to be the theme around Copley Square as there are two huge lions, carved by St. Gaudens, inside the public library just across the street. Those lions guard Boston's memorial to Civil War casualties.

Hotel Kensington Lions
Photo: Boston Public Library - Flickr
The Hotel Kensington is no longer there. It was demolished and replaced with modern architecture. The new building's nickname is the Darth Vader building after it's color and shape.

The Kensington lions have a new location. Ironically they have the same job and are only one block away. They are now guarding the main entrance to the Fairmont Copley Plaza as you can see in the bottom photo.

Fairmont Copley Plaza Main Entrance Lions
Photo: CrazyasaCoolFox
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So why are those lions in lament? They once sat on the exact spot where on this past Monday April 15, 2013 a terrorist's bomb exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line. I wonder if there were tears in those lions eyes when they heard of the carnage those bombs caused?
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Kathy said…
A most fitting post for sad, sad this week.
Brett Payne said…
Why are they covered in gold paint now? Gilding the lily, if you ask me, but perhaps a century of exposure to polluted air was too difficult to clean.
As I was reading your post I was thinking about the awful week in Boston. I've been there many times because my daughter went to school there so it was doubly sad to see all the familiar stores and restaurants in those photos, not to mention the people. How sad, but glad that the worst part of it is over.
Alan Burnett said…
A moving post, thanks for reminding us that human life is what really matters - more than any belief, philosophy, religion or indeed any old photograph.
Susan said…
Beautiful thoughts. It's a sad time, but we'll remain a courageous,kind people.
Mike Brubaker said…
Lions have always symbolized courage, which we all need to stand against such violence.
DougVernX said…
Thanks everyone for your kind comments. It's been a rough week here in the Boston area but things are getting better. Peace.
Wonderful post, Boston has been on so many people's minds this past week. My heart goes out to those who lost their lives and to those who have a long struggle to recover ahead.

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