AIA Guide to Boston / Edition 3

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This book is a superbly written history of Boston’s built environment, filled with insider details and engaging anecdotes about more than 600 buildings, including such historic landmarks as Faneuil Hall, the mansions on Beacon Hill, the commercial wharves in Boston Harbor, Fenway Park, and the Freedom Trail as well as Boston’s latest contemporary buildings such as the ICA, MIT’s Stata Center, and the infamous “Big Dig.” This guide has been completely rewritten and redesigned, with added theme tours, such as Boston Urban Design, Contemporary Landmarks, or the work of Charles Bulfinch. New, up-to-date locator maps have been created for this edition, and the glossary and index have been revised.

A readable, entertaining, site-by-site look at buildings and styles spanning three centuries.

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Editorial Reviews

The first edition of the American Institute of Architects' guide was published to considerable acclaim in 1984. This revised and expanded site-by-site survey highlights 550 of Boston's notable architectural landmarks, including 50 new profiles and 100 new b&w photographs. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762743377
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 3/18/2008
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 959,836
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.38 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael and Susan Southworth have practiced urban planning and architecture in Boston and in the San Francisco Bay area. Because of their knowledge of Boston architectural history, they were chosen by the City to extend the Freedom Trail beyond its early beginnings. Subsequently, Boston hired them for more than a dozen preservation planning projects. Their urban design and park projects have won national and international awards. Their research and consulting has helped neighborhoods recover lost history and sympathetically incorporate adventurous new architecture into historic streetscapes. Michael Southworth is professor of Urban Design and Planning at the University of California at Berkeley, a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, and a charter member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He is also the North American editor for the Journal of Urban Design. Susan Southworth also writes fiction; she is completing a Balkan trilogy, including The Last Kosovo Serb Won’t Leave. She is currently researching the Chechen diaspora.

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. Beacon Hill2. Faneuil Hall and North End 3. Wharves and Seaport 4. The Royal Mile 5. South End 6. Back Bay 7. Fenway 8. Charlestown 9. Emerald Necklace 10. Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology 11. Special Interest ToursGlossarySelected ReferencesIndexBSA StatementAcknowledgmentsAbout the Authors

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