Does a Government building named Citizens Square require an apostrophe?

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Does a Government building named Citizens Square require an apostrophe?

asked Jul 06 '11 at 23:49 Charles New member

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Possibly, but probably not.  It depends on how the building is named.  More and more buildings and venues are named after a company that buys the right to name it or otherwise provides a lot of financial backing.  If the building is named for a company such as Citizens Bank, then no, there would be no apostrophe.  If the building is named to indicate that the square is to be for the benefit of the local citizens, then it could still go either way.  If one wanted to show "ownership" of the building by the citizens, then it would correctly be Citizens' Square.  If the municipality named it to indicate that it is a square where citizens can gather, then it could be correct as it is without the apostrophe. 

 

Buildings on college campuses are usually named after a person.  If a dorm is named for former medical student Martha Jones, who later went on to fame and glory saving the planet with Dr. Who, the dorm would be Jones Hall.  There is no apostrophe.  It is just named after her.  There is no possession.  ;-)

link comment answered Jul 07 '11 at 02:46 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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