The Brownstones of Backbay

05 Feb

Victorian homes along Commonwealth Avenue in Backbay, Boston

Backbay is an affluent neighborhood located in Boston, Massachusetts. The area contains several landmarks including the Trinity Church and Boston Public Library. In the early 19th century, the construction of the Mill Dam and Cross Dam west of Beacon Hill resulted in a large swamp. The filling of the swamp started in 1857 and took almost 30 years to complete. The project eventually created the Back Bay district.

The neighborhood is famous for its rows of Victorian Brownstone homes. The houses are designed by different architects but because of the strict construction regulations, they all blend in nicely. These structures are considered one of the best-preserved examples of 19th-century urban design in the United States. The most recognized streets in the neighborhood are Newbury street and Commonwealth Avenue. Newbury is an European style shopping street filled with fashion boutiques and trendy café’s. Commonwealth is a Parisian style, wide, tree-lined boulevard with expensive townhouses.

Backbay is definitely the place to spend a day for visitors to Boston.

Brownstone townhouses in Backbay district

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Posted by on February 5, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA


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