Beacon Street: A Highway of History

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The Grand Mansions and the elegant attached row houses of Beacon Street are the homes of Boston's elite and a backdrop for the city's long history. The iconic street is crowned with Charles Bullfinch's magnificent 1798 Massachusetts Statehouse overlooking the legendary Boston Common, where the British occupiers trained and cows once roamed freely. Historian Robert E. Guarino deftly narrates the development of the street, from its expansion as land from the top of Mount Vernon extended its length to Horace Gray's ...

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Overview

The Grand Mansions and the elegant attached row houses of Beacon Street are the homes of Boston's elite and a backdrop for the city's long history. The iconic street is crowned with Charles Bullfinch's magnificent 1798 Massachusetts Statehouse overlooking the legendary Boston Common, where the British occupiers trained and cows once roamed freely. Historian Robert E. Guarino deftly narrates the development of the street, from its expansion as land from the top of Mount Vernon extended its length to Horace Gray's efforts in 1837 to found the Public Garden. Join Guarino as he takes a fascinating and nostalgic journey down the historic and storied highway of Beacon Street.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781609491246
  • Publisher: History Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/12/2011
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 9

Introduction 13

1 William Blackstone 17

2 Beacon Hill 23

3 Tremont Street to Somerset Street 25

4 Somerset Street to Bowdoin Street 35

5 Tremont Street to Park Street 45

6 Bowdoin Street to Joy Street 63

7 Joy Street to Walnut Street 87

8 Copley Estate 97

9 Mount Vernon Proprietors 101

10 Walnut Street to Spruce Street 105

11 Spruce Street to Charles Street 123

12 Charles Street to River Street 141

13 River Street to Brimmer Street 149

14 Brimmer Street to Beaver Street 161

15 Beaver Street to Embankment Road (Otter Street) 167

Appendix A Numbering 173

Appendix B Streets 175

Notes 181

Bibliography 187

About the Author 191

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