Founder, The Beacon Companies
Norman Leventhal is also one of those venerable Bostonians who needs no last name. He is known respectfully throughout the city simply as “Norman.” A founder of The Beacon Companies, Leventhal has been widely recognized for his significant contributions to Boston’s built environment, including Center Plaza, Rowes Wharf, South Station, One Post Office Square and the Hotel Meridien as well as his many philanthropic endeavors. Leventhal founded the Friends of Post Office Square, which lead to the creation of Post Office Square Park, and became a city-wide model for public-private partnerships that have enhance many of Boston’s public spaces. The Park at Post Office Square, named for Leventhal in 1997, is known nationally as setting a new standard for urban parks and creating a beloved urban oasis for office workers, tourists and city residents.
Leventhal has recently founded the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library to house his own collection of historic maps of Boston as well as the 350,000 maps already in the library’s collection. The new center will make these maps accessible to the public and in particular to the school children throughout greater Boston.