The MBTA Made a Spooky Discovery at Government Center

This is so weird.

The MBTA discovered these ghoulish figures at Government Center. Photo by Joe Pesaturo via MBTA

The MBTA discovered these ghoulish figures at Government Center. Photo by Joe Pesaturo via MBTA

Construction workers building the new Government Center MBTA station unearthed a spooky discovery last week while working on the station’s Blue Line platforms.

Two large red and blue cloaks were found attached to what appear to be some kind of masks in what was described by the MBTA as “a small, hollow section of concrete that was poured more than sixty years ago. “

The two cloaks appear similar to the ones worn in “Fantasia,” the animated Disney movie that came out over a decade before the underground bunker-esque Government Center was built as part of the failed urban renewal wave of the mid-20th century that nearly killed Boston with the full scale destruction of walkable neighborhoods in exchange for auto-centric development.

The MBTA insists this is not a hoax.

“We don’t really have the resources to launch a full investigation into this, but if the garments’ owner (from the 1950s) comes forward, we’ll be all ears,” said MBTA spokesman Joe Pesaturo. 

When asked directly if photos and items in them were real, Pesaturo replied “real.”

“What you see in the photos was found rolled up in a ball.  Despite these ghoulish garments, the work at Government Center Station remains on schedule, with the re-opening set for the spring,” said Pesaturo in an email.

Pre-construction work on the $90 million project began in 2013. The busy station stopped serving Blue and Green Line trains in 2014 when it closed for demolition. The MBTA is in the process of auctioning off the murals from inside the station.

This is not the first time construction crews have discovered something unusual while working on the renovation project.  In 2014, crews discovered a 100 year-old sign in the station that referenced its old name, “Scollay Under.” The MBTA plans on incorporating the old maroon and white tile mosaic in the new station. In addition to the mosaic, a long-since forgotten exit point will be restored when the station reopens next year.