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From the Publisher"Each walk is designed to incorporate the new and old, the natural and man-made. View Boston as you never have before — on foot."
—Jessica Chmara, Boston Forward
Back Story: Charles Bulfinch
Born in Boston in 1763, Charles Bulfinch attended Harvard before settling into his career as America’s first native-born professional architect. He established his practice by designing many of the houses on Beacon Hill before being tapped to design the Massachusetts State House, which was begun on July 4, 1797.
After that, he went on to enlarge Faneuil Hall, design numerous churches, like St. Stephen’s Catholic Church in the North End, and design private homes, including three for Harrison Gray Otis, a prominent Boston politician and developer of Beacon Hill. Known for his intelligent use of brick and granite and for the stately elegance of his public buildings, Bulfinch is credited with transforming much of Boston from a wooden port town to an impressive 19th-century metropolis. However, Bulfinch was better at design than financial management, and in 1811, his debts sent him to jail—ironically in a prison of his own design.
In 1818, President James Monroe offered Bulfinch $2,500 a year for 12 years to help design the U.S. Capitol. Although some of his details have been replaced, much of the Bulfinch-designed Capitol Building remains.