Today I took Boston By Foot’s August Tour of the Month focusing on the Historic Preservation movement entitled Preserving Boston’s History. The tour featured many familiar Boston landmarks and the guide informed us how historic preservationists saved many of them from the dustheap.
I’ve put a gallery of photos from the tour on my website.
- the site of John Hancock’s house on Beacon Hill, lost in 1863 and ever since has been the rallying cry for what can be lost with historic preservation.
- the Charles Bulfinch portion of the Massachusetts State House which was almost demolished and replaced with a larger version of itself during an expansion
- Old City Hall, an early example of adaptive reuse as the government building was converted for commercial office space and restaurants.
- Old South Meeting House, one of the first buildings preserved due to historic events that happened there rather than being associated with one famous person.
- City Hall Plaza, once a vibrant commercial district which was cleared for urban renewal and replaced with a sea of bricks. At least the Sears Crescent survived.
- The Filene’s department store building, currently gutted and vacant, holds the future of historic preservation in Boston.
If you missed the tour today, fret not as Boston By Foot will offer it again as part of its Tours of the Month in the 2010 season.